It is heartening to see the good press that Pope Benedict has gotten, given the negativity that hovered around at the start of his papacy; but it is no surprise to those who have known him for some time or those who have been fortunate to have been reading his work, whether books, article or reports from the CDF.

He is a sweetly gentle soul, with steel inside, and I think he will become one of our greatest popes, and it is truly a wonder that we can have two such in one lifetime.

He is also a great theologian, and his encyclicals and his many books are providing the type of catechesis sorely needed in a Church struggling with the burden of relativism, sexual scandals, and a confused bureacracy, particulalry in the United States.