Filling the Newshole
It finally includes the close which was so dear to my heart
In contrast to his predecessor’s emphasis on the figure of the pope at the expense of local bishops, "Benedict is more of a ‘constitutional conservative’ type," said David Gibson, author of The Coming Catholic Church and a forthcoming biography of the pope.
The foresight of that "constitutional conservatism" was seen in a 1985 intervention made by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, reported in April by John Allen, Rome correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter.
When informed of John Paul’s intent to nominate the archconservative Austrian cleric Kurt Krenn as archbishop of Vienna, "Ratzinger actually blocked Krenn’s appointment," according to Allen, "[knowing] that Krenn would be a disaster in a highprofile forum such as Vienna."
Krenn resigned in disgrace last year from his rural Austrian diocese after scandalous disclosures of sexual misconduct by priests and seminarians under his watch. American Catholics will be looking to Benedict to exercise similar savvy as he begins to flesh out his vision for the future of the Catholic Church in the United States.