Thanks to the Young Fogey.
Just so that there’s no mistaking it, I hold Ratzinger in fairly high esteem. I certainly prefer him by leaps and bounds to his predecessor. The man is a genius, and in the first twenty pages of his Introduction to Christianity he masterfully exploded all the sacred myths of the historicism of both the Marxist and Whiggish outlooks. But when it comes to on-the-ground economic issues, Ratzinger sometimes adopts positions that I don’t think are justified. For all that the man has read—thousands of volumes, really—I think he would not only benefit from but be interested in the ideas of Mises, particularly his critique on the holistic view of society.