So Ratzinger is the new pope. Who would have thought? I knew he had support; but I doubted (as most people doubted -- admit it, you did too) that it was enough to get him elected. There are, I am sure, quite a few liberal Catholics around the world who are weeping now. And he has taken the name Benedict XVI; which means that the St. Malachy's prophecy people must be leaping for joy. Strange day.