Catholics have a new pope, but from looks of their choice, not much is likely to change. The prognosticators that predicted Cardinal Ratzinger would be the next Pope can now gloat. Since I am not Catholic, I have refrained from the temptation to publicly predict. Basically, I didn't care; I couldn't vote, even if I did.
With Ratzinger so close to JPII and the College packed with his people, it does come as little surprise. The message that needs to be taken away from the choice is quite simplistic. No liberal reforms in the foreseeable future is the one prediction, I will make.