For openers, this pope is from the very heart of the Nazi collaborationist machinery of the Vatican. His curriculum vitae is set forth in FTR #508 .
An account of the Vatican’s long-standing relationship with the Third Reich and the Axis powers of World War II can be found in AFA #‘s 17–21 .
The view here is that Ratzinger (we call him “Ratliner” after the Vatican Ratline escape routes) was something of a caretaker–a Gerald Ford-like figure if you will. He took office with the Holy See engulfed in scandal and inquiry, including the burgeoning priest molestation investigations , renewed inquiries into money laundering  by the Vatican Bank and inquiries concerning the Vatican’s behavior during and after World War II .
Himself a veteran of the Third Reich, “Ratliner” was , in essence, a gatekeeper in our opinion, charged with sustaining the Opus-Dei style reaction gripping the Vatican and keeping the lid on potentially damaging inquiries.
One of Ratzinger’s predecessors, Pope Pius XII, has been beatified–something of a problem in light of his long-standing record of collaboration with the Third Reich. Allegedly a secret benefactor of Jewish refugees from Nazi terror, the Pope had worked with the Nazis from 1919  (when, as Archbishop Eugenio Pacelli he channeled Vatican funds to Hitler) through the postwar period, when he permitted Ustachi head Ante Pavelic to shelter in Castelgandolfo –the Pope’s summer residence.
Interestingly, just prior to Ratzinger’s resignation, the press carried accounts of a new book exonerating Pius XII of his collaborationist charges. One wonders to what extent Ratzinger oversaw the fabrication of documents and continued cosmetic masking of Pius’ and the Vatican’s Nazi collaboration.
As something of an aside, one wonders what miracle Pius XII performed to qualify him for beatification? Perhaps his miracle was making millions of Jews disappear.
EXCERPT: When Benedict XVI became pope eight years ago at the age of 78, many Roman Catholic scholars predicted that he would be a caretaker. He would keep the ship sailing in the same direction as his beloved predecessor, John Paul II. And as the rare theologian who knew how to write for a broad audience, Benedict would keep the crew inspired and the sails billowing.
If written words alone could keep the church on course, Benedict would likely be viewed as a solid success. His encyclicals on love and charity and his three books on the life of Jesus were widely praised for their clarity and contribution to Catholic teaching.
But when it came to the major challenges facing the church in the real world, Benedict often appeared to carom from one crisis to the next.
He inadvertently insulted Muslims on an early trip to Germany, which resulted in riots across the Islamic world and the murder of an Italian nun in Somalia. He welcomed back a breakaway bishop who had just recorded an interview denying the facts of the Holocaust. He told reporters on the papal plane winging toward Africa that condoms had helped spread AIDS.
When the clerical sexual abuse scandal spread across Europe and exploded at Benedict’s door in 2010, Benedict met with abuse survivors and oversaw the development of new church policies to prevent abuse. But he was denounced by survivors and their advocates for never moving to discipline bishops who were caught in the cover-up. . . .
EXCERPT: . . . Sullivan & Cromwell’s clients were not the only foreign investors in Germany, nor were they the only ones to hedge their bets by making small donations to the infant Nazi party. Following the $26 million cash settlement with Mussolini over disputed lands in 1929, the Vatican invested nearly all the proceeds in German industry, but at least one small investment was made in the Nazis as well.
The following incident was reported by an eyewitness, Sister Pascalina, a nun who was the personal aide (and devoted admirer) of the Papal Nuncio in Munich and the man who would become Pope Pius XII on the eve of World War II: ‘Hitler came one night to the holy residence of Archbishop Eugenio Pacelli (later Pius XII). All others in the household were asleep by then, except [Sister] Pascalina . . . . Hitler told Pacelli that he was out to check the spread of atheistic communism. . . . It did not come as a surprise to her, therefore, in light of Pacelli’s hatred of the Reds, to see the prelate present Hitler with a large cache of Church money to aid the rising revolutionary and his small struggling band of anti-communists.’ . . .
EXCERPT: . . . From a very confidential source, American intelligence had discovered in May 1946 that the Poglavnik [Pavelic] was living ‘close to Rome in a building which is under the jurisdiction of the Vatican.’ This was soon after Pavelic had first arrived in Rome from Austria, and it is now known that the Poglavnik, like Ferenc Vajta, actually took refuge at Castelgandolfo, where the Pope’s summer residence is located. It seems that many Nazis gravitated to Castelgandolfo, for Pavelic was housed with a former Minister in the Nazi Romanian government. . . .