A Washington Post article profiles Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and discusses his powerful presence in the Vatican, which has only grown as the Pope has grown more feeble. It’s an okay piece, although it does veer off the track of believability when it says that Ratzinger could be the next pope.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the German Juggernaut and I would love to see him clean house after being elected, but that’s precisely why he wouldn’t be. No one with any experience watching the Vatican has him on their lists of papabile because he’s just too polarizing a figure. As many cardinals as there would be for him, there would be more against him. That’s not to say that he wouldn’t be influential. In fact, Cardinal Ratzinger might be the most influential man in any conclave.
Of course, the Holy Spirit blows where He wills, and if God decides he want Ratzinger as pope, then that’s what will happen. I’d love to see it, but I’m not holding my breath.