Benedict is seen as a traditionalist – he is nicknamed "God’s Rottweiler" because of his fierce defence of papal principles. He is a controversial choice. He is a critic of homosexuality and gay marriage and has denounced other Christian churches as deficient as he fears spreading the true word about the bible will eliminate the false Catholic doctrines.
How did the papal betting markets perform? Early in the campaign, I noted that the markets had Dionigi Tettamanzi, the Italian candidate, as the frontrunner. But it has been suggested that Ratzinger was favourite when the voting began. Was anyone tracking Tradesports on a daily basis?