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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 11, 2010

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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