Also in the Wall Street Journal today, Daniel Henninger writes about Pope Benedict and his love for St. Augustine, whose theology the pope studied in his doctoral dissertation. In the book "Milestones," then Cardinal Ratzinger said he prefers Augustine to St. Thomas Aquinas, "whose crystal-clear logic seemed to me to be too closed in on itself, too impersonal and ready-made."
As someone who loves St. Thomas, I winced a little to read that! I love Thomas' crystal clear logic. But that's why the Church has a rich variety of theological traditions. Pope John Paul's thought was well-rooted in Thomism, as well as the philosophical school of phenomenology. So I suppose after 26 years of a Thomist Pope, it's time for an Augustinian Pope.
Which one do you prefer and why?