Remember when Pope Benedict emerged onto the balcony at St. Peter’s, and so many immediate started labeling him, calling him “cold,” and “ruthless,” etc?
Everything I have read since that day seems to completely disprove those assertions. Benedict seems enormously pastoral and clear-eyed.
I do wish the press would just step out of the picture once in a while, though. The line about how Benedict has said he “would not do only his own will,” is not only stupid – a good pope never does his own will, but follows the will of God – but it’s an unnecessary reminder, a “don’t forget, we don’t like or trust him…”
Sometimes I really hate the press.