(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article was originally published April 9, 2005.
The former Cardinal Ratzinger and current Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation scheduled for Feb 28, 2013.)
(Feb 11, 2013)... Before I get into any kind of speculation or possible mud-slinging, I'd like to take the opportunity to quote directly from a (not tongue-in-cheek) website titled "The Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club." On their front page, it proclaims boldly:
"As Grand Inquisitor for Mother Rome, Ratzinger keeps himself busy in service to the Truth: correcting theological error, silencing dissenting theologians, and stomping down heresy wherever it may rear its ugly head"
Remember - that is from his fan club. The reason they call him Grand Inquisitor" and talk about him "stamping out heresy" is because in 1981, Pope John Paul II named him as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
In case you're not familiar with the CDF, they used to be called the 'Holy Office of the Inquisition' (or, according to some: Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition), until their name was changed to something more friendly in 1908 by Pope Pius X.