Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Difference of Style

Today is the 100th day of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. My take on the first 100 will be posted later in the day -- come back for it -- but, in the meantime, here's a tease....

Now it can be told that, on one of John Paul II's early American trips, a top adviser played a prominent role in a papal liturgy, standing at close range to the late Pope. Something seemed to get Wojtyla's wheels turning, because at one point, he gestured to the altar party, pointed toward the crowd and said, "All these people -- for me."

B16, by contrast, sees his role in a much less high-profile light. He had another press conference on Monday. Being Italian, the media pack kicks, pushes -- and asks innumerable questions. So they were taking advantage of the opportunity to query a Pope who doesn't just talk to reporters when he's locked in a tube with them 35,000 feet above land when, I'm told, he put up his arms and said, "We're not going to save the world in the middle of summer vacation."

Some change, indeed.



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