It was not foresight that made me write an article on professor Joseph Ratzinger in the early 60's, only interest in an intellectual theologian. I was a 17-year old high school student then, writing articles for a news magazine in Stuttgart. If I remember it right my report on the pugnacious Catholic came to the conclusion that this man would possibly change his rigid old-fashioned church for the better. O boy, how wrong I was! Nevertheless I never have been deceived by the rustic appearance of Pope Benedict XVI. Being a brilliant intellectual strategist was what made him become Pope. I doubt his health problems are the main reason for his resignation. It may as well be an ingenious stunt to thwart a Vatican plot or a desperate defense against intrigues meant to prevent him from influencing his succession. Most probably his opponents were caught totally unaware by this last move.