ship of state
Isn't Ratzinger, like, really old?
I think that was part of the point. The last Pope was so popular that they didn't want anyone to have to spend too long in his shadow.
Ah. So he's a palate-cleanser Pope.
A great link from (Tucson) Matt; a video from a Berkeley biology class closing with a professor's heartfelt message to the student who stole his laptop. If this has been making the rounds through campus, I haven't caught wind of it yet.