Time’s selection for people of the year has been justly lampooned all over the place, but the best argument for individuals would be these two, and for a group, the Iraqi electorate.
Thinking about Benedict set me to searching for word of when he will make appointments of new cardinals. I didn’t find anything on that topic, but did come across this very interesting post on the new Theologian of the Papal Household. Here’s an interesting bit of Vatican history:
It’s worth noting that despite being an Augustinian rather than a Thomist, [emphasis mine–JN] the pope has maintained the centuries-old tradition of naming Dominicans, and therefore Thomists, to the job. (All the theologians of the papal household have been Dominicans, except for a handful of cases when Franciscan popes named Franciscans). It’s another small sign that Pope Benedict has no intention of imposing his own personal tastes on the office of the papacy