The way Cardinal Georges Cottier tells it, the conclave was a surprise. One 2005 event that impressed the cardinal was the “peaceful manner in which the succession occurred, the election of Benedict XVI. After more than 26 years of pontificate it would even have been normal for problems or difficulties to arise. History itself tells us that something like this could have happened, in a completely natural and comprehensible way. However, none of this occurred.”
Was he expecting something?