Now we have heard the quieter, more studied voice of Benedict, speaking indeed in a strong, compelling-them-to-come-in, Dominus-Iesus-type of way that some thought they wanted of him. "Be careful what you pray for," the saying goes, and perhaps we can begin to understand why.Do what? I couldn't disagree more ... as if what the Pope does is really about this image, or that image, or just PR. As John Allen said, Benedict doesn't speak for the media. But most galling is the link that accompanied the words "compelling-them-to-come-in." Go read that sermon. Have you ever heard Benedict speak this way?
Sorry Ruth, not with you on this one. The Pope's remarks were in the context of an academic lecture, and he really does bring up a really important point on the use of reason in the realm of faith. No one in the media seems to at all focus on this, just on that one quote, or rather, half that quote, and portraying it in the worst possible light.