Monday, June 13, 2005

Two Early Takes on Benedict XVI's Style as Pope

Two articles - one from Catholic News Service on Friday, the other by Ann Rogers in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - both suggest that Pope Benedict XVI is giving the lie to some early expectations. CNS shows him, as Pope, acting less as stern doctrinal enforcer than articulate and thought-provoking teacher of the reasons behind doctrine. The Post-Gazette portrays a pastor thought to have been shy and retiring whose personal touch is evoking a warm response from unusually large and enthusiastic crowds in the Eternal City. Both articles make good reading.