Over at Patrik's blog, the competition continues to rage fiercely. In the first round, it was Gutierrez vs. Ratzinger and Moltmann vs. Congar. But controversy has once again errupted over the Gutierrez vs. Ratzinger match-up (as, of course, one might well expect!). The issue? Apparently the TWC has come to the attention of an online Ratzinger fan club, who showed up en masse to vote for him. Is this the theological equivalent of fielding a ringer? The conversation continues at Patrik's place.
For myself, I have to admit that there's a creepy quality to the adulation of the posters to the Ratzinger board, which I suppose is to be expected since he is, after all, the Pope, but I'm not sure what the best path would be. It'd be a shame if the "all-in-good-fun" quality of the tournament were disrupted by a partisan invasion. I suppose there's something to be said for the argument that Ratzinger (qua theologian, not qua Pope) is a more significant theologian than Gutierrez, though frankly, after disappearing into the Vatican in the 1980s, he really didn't publish much new theology, while Gutierez spent the same period passionate defend his theology -- successfully! -- from Ratzinger!
The outcome remains to be seen, but I've got my fingers crossed for Moltmann in quarter-finals. If the Ratzinger-ites show up in force, then it may not make much of a difference how much hope the founder of the theology of hope has. Updates here!