|Too bad there'll be another one|
Rather, Ratzinger represented a continuation of John Paul II and his noxious legacy - the Joseph and Karol double act. John Paul II doggedly pursued a reactionary, counterrevolutionary, pro-American and pro-imperialist agenda. Prior to his reign, particularly with Vatican II (1962-65), sections of the church hierarchy had decided that peaceful coexistence with the ‘socialist world’ was the only option - after all, the Soviet Union was clearly here to stay. No need to rock the boat. But, hailing from ‘socialist Poland’, John Paul II knew better than most that bureaucratic socialism was doomed. Hence he played his part in the downfall of ‘official communism’ - channelling CIA money into Solidarność, going on the ideological offensive, and so on. In that way, he was god’s cold-war warrior, and played his hand well.