April 20, 2005

From Benedict, scholars expect more of the same but watch for surprises

Daily Southtown

"(Benedict) doesn't like open conflict," Schreiter said.

As one story goes, when the cardinals went to Rome at the height of the sexual abuse crisis, a reporter approached then-Cardinal Ratzinger in St. Peter's Square to ask him a question.

"He literally swatted the microphone out of the man's hand," Schreiter said.Simply put, Pope Benedict XVI is shy, and he's going to have to work to open himself up to the faithful in his church.

Posted by kshaw at April 20, 2005 07:49 AM