Something has been bothering me for a while. I bought a copy of Otto Preminger’s “The Cardinal” (released in 1963) at a thrift store, and, knowing nothing about the film, I looked it up on wikipedia, and found this interesting factoid:
“The Vatican’s liaison officer for the film was Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI.”
Curious for more information, I clicked on the source for this statement. It was imdb.com. The trivia section states:
“The Vatican bankrolled some of the film, and the Vatican liaison was a young Joseph Ratzinger, who in 2005 became the 265th Catholic Pope as Benedict XVI.”
However, there was no source for this statement. I have searched online and looked at several books to see if this is true, but I have not been able to find any information about Pope Benedict’s Hollywood career. Does anyone know of any source (other than those that have just copied the statements from imdb.com and wikipedia) that confirms Ratzinger was an advisor on “The Cardinal” or is it just an example of user generated nonsense?