When I was in High School I once tried out for a job at another High School’s radio station. It turned out that the try out was actually for an announcer for the cities High School football teams. I walked in unaware of this and they sat me down in front of a screen showing a football game and to narrate the action. At the time I knew little about football and I tried to improvise and to do my best. It was pretty embarrassing trying to provide commentary on something you knew next to nothing about.
Now you might ask about why I mentioned this episode? I immediately though about this humbling experience after reading the Time magazine article The Conquest of Rome:
The stealth campaign for Ratzinger began 18 months ago. An inside look at how he won. I would hope that the writer of this story would feel as silly as I did commenting on what I knew nothing about. I at least had the advantage of knowing I was totally out of my depths and was winging it. Most religious coverage unfortunatelly does not see this simple fact. Anybody who could write about Cardinal Ratzinger campaigning and positioning for Pope just proves their ignorance in trying to cast everything into a politically liberal/conservative dynamic.