Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – nicknamed ‘God’s Rottweiler’ during a long tenure as the late pope’s guardian of Catholic doctrine – is a polarising influence on the pre-conclave negotiations, Italian newspapers have reports.
Wow, Cardinal Ratzinger’s nicknames just don’t stop coming. He must have more nicknames than all of the other Cardinals combined. Though ‘God’s Rottweiler’ is much preferable to God’s French Poodle or some other poofy dog. I have read in previous stories that his nickname was John Paul III, The Enforcer, Panzerkardinal (Iron Cardinal), Cardinal No By his various nicknames you would assume he could either star as a James Bond villain or in a old school Clint Eastwood movie (when Clint use to kill bad guys and not disabled persons).
Update: On the Dennis Prager show today he had on John L. Allen Jr. of the National Catholic Interview and when asked how different groups in the Church think of Cardinal Ratzinger he replied. "Liberals in the Church consider him the Darth Vader of Roman Catholicism"