Amy Welborn says the press needs to get better at covering Benedict XVI:
[A]n over-dependence on ... in the present context, the “God’s Rottweiler softens his image and preaches about Jesus and stuff” meme [is] tired, overused and not useful for exploring the complexities and realities of this papacy and the response to it.
It’s worth talking about those who disagree with Pope Benedict. But it’s also worth, in the reporting of those differences, pushing those who disagree to account for the specifics of their reasoning, in the context of an understanding of what the role of the papacy actually is vis-a-vis Catholic teaching.
It would be great to take it to the next elevel, which means re-opening and making more accessible the real debates about the Second Council, that are still unresolved.