In May, 2011, John Allen wrote an interesting report on the possibility of Angelo Cardinal Sodano remaining Dean of the College of Cardinals following a papal death. In essence, we had this, a couple of weeks ago. Allen seems to have forgotten his own admonition: that Sodano front and centre will bring disgrace on the Church. Not only Allen, but virtually the entire media was silent on Sodano's past. One wonders why. Ignorance (certainly), stupidity (without doubt).... but for the more clever...? There are those who prefer a corrupt Roman Curia for various and sundry reasons... Angelo Sodano personifies what is wrong in Rome.
Allen nicely sums up a number of key points about Sodano: