In submitting my nomination for the stupidest headline of the month, I acted too soon.
Just minutes after posting that item, I saw a new report from the inimitable Ruth Gledhill of the London Times:
Pope's move on abuse mirrors lead taken by English and Welsh bishops
The Pope's "recognition of the gravity of the problems facing the Church," Gledhill tells her readers, is a "significant change."
Until today, you see, the man who spoke in 2005 about the "filth" in the Church-- the man whose blunt assessment of the crisis in Catholicism made The Ratzinger Report a sensation in the 1980s-- hadn't recognized the gravity of the problems. Then the bishops of England and Wales enlightened him.
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