WSJ—Russia and China want to replace the West. Benedict wanted to save it. A big story the past year has been the firming alliance between the world’s two leading autocrats, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping, predicated on their conclusion that the West is in terminal decline. Fortuitously, the world has just lost its most relevant analyst of the presumption that the West is finished—Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Benedict’s funeral is Thursday, and what we should not do is let him pass into history. He was a man for our season…(read excellent commentary here)