Mon February 11, 2013
Benedict XVI, Vatican's Traditionalist Enforcer, Steps Down
Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:16 am
The first German pope in a thousand years is a cold, distant intellectual who never served as a parish priest. Cardinal Ratzinger, the Vatican Enforcer, became Pope Benedict XVI. As successor to John Paul II, Benedict was never as beloved by the faithful but still attracted crowds matching those of his media-savvy predecessor.