Joseph Ratzinger celebrates his ninetieth birthday today.
Blessed John Henry Newman notoriously rejoiced that so few popes had been clever; the purpose of a pope, he insisted, is to be a barrier against innovation.
Benedict XVI, one of God's choicest gifts to His Church in two millennia, was that most rare of things: a very clever pope who courageously set his hand and mind to the dangerous labour of building up the broken places.
AD MULTOS ANNOS! PLURIMOSQUE ANNOS!!