He Ain't Goin Anywhere
The 69 year-old bishop of Mainz and leader of German Catholicism's moderate-to-progressive wing attained the required supermajority of two-thirds on the first ballot of today's voting, according to a wire report.
Known for a propensity toward blunt speech (he was the first senior prelate to advance the option of papal resignation), Lehmann has served as president of the German Bishops since 1987. His re-election to another six year term will bring him to his 75th birthday in 2011.
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