Germany's Cardinal Ratzinger Elected Pope
Wow! they didn't drag this one out. Only two popes were chosen more quickly then Benedict XVI. I will anxiously await the color commentary on why BXVI was such a shoe-in, I don't know anything about him other than what is in print.
I am encouraged by the fact that he is a hardliner. But his age suggests that many don't expect him to reign(?) very long. Could the overall strategy be to transition the church from traditional values to more modern, liberal beliefs? By electing a series of short-term popes they could very easily move away from fundamental doctrines within a generation or two, a move many believe necessary to reclaim masses of ex and liberal catholics.
UPDATE: A Small Victory has "Five other names Considered by the Pope" A must see.