All Hail Eggs Benedict the 16th!
The world has a new Pope whether it wants one or not. He is the guy who blamed the media for the sex abuse scandal. Fascinating logic.
As an atheist/agnostic/anything-Ratzinger-is-not I could not be happier that the Cardinals ignored both the third world by not choosing one of them and the West by choosing an old German codger from the Spanish Inquisition (we were all expecting that weren't we?). This will further undermine the legitimacy of organized religion in the eyes of many westerners. The only better Pope from an Atheists point of view would have been Cardinal Law himself; an act which would have resulted in the sudden and complete death of Catholicism in the West.
We are told not to label this new Pope as a conservative. He was only following orders from JPII. Give him a chance they say. Look at his warm pastoral side.
I would rather see a logical and open minded side; a side that does not accuse all who disagree with Papal dogma as "relativists".
Well, two cheers for Benedict the XI... the XIVIV... the XVI... the 16th! Damn those Romans and their stupid numerals!