Six years ago today, Joseph Card. Ratzinger was elected as Bishop of Rome and he took the name Benedict, sixteenth of that name.
Where were you? What were your thoughts at the time?
I was in Rome on an uncomfortable chair with an earpiece in my ear and extremely bright lights in my eyes in front of cameras for Fox News, covering the election with Chris Wallace and Greg Burke.
When the Cardinal Deacon said “Josephum”, I almost wrenched Greg Burke’s arm out of its socket.
Here is a photo of the TV screen someone shot and sent me at the time… it is really unflattering (my hairline is receding, but hasn’t been quite that routed yet… not that that matters much), but… well… it’s what I have and the smile was real.