Since I know that many Catholics and ex-Catholics like myself read this blog, comment on this blog and write at this blog, I am more than a bit interested in Pope Benedict's visit to the states. (I guess you can't take teh Catholic out of a person completely.) And since I was horrified that Joseph Ratzinger was voted in as Pope, I would have to say that I find him to be more forthcoming than his predecessor, Pope John Paul. He seems to have transformed from the Vatican's Rottweiler to an almost human being.
The Pope met with the victims of priestly sex abuse and was compassionate and remorseful. It's really about time, wouldn't you say?