From the Telegraph..."it has become clear that Benedict's agenda remains essentially the same as it was when he was Cardinal Ratzinger. When he was elected, he described himself as "a humble worker in the Lord's vineyard". Where John Paul II roamed far outside the vineyard, Benedict is staying close to the soil, pulling out weeds.
Those weeds are not so much people as bad habits - rambling sermons; smug, self-centred celebrations of the Mass; ugly music and architecture that, in his opinion, insults God."
And from Kentucky.com..."As he approaches the third year of his reign, Pope Benedict XVI is hardening into the kind of pontiff who fulfills liberal fears and conservative hopes.
... as his 80th birthday approached, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has drawn a tougher line.
He has rebuffed calls, including by bishops in his native Germany, to let divorced Catholics who remarry participate fully in the church.
He has warned Catholic politicians who must decide on such issues as abortion, euthanasia and marriage that the faith's values are "not negotiable." And he has closed the door on any relaxation of the celibacy requirement for priests.
Benedict's persistent defense of the "traditional family" based on marriage between a man and a woman has emboldened Italy's bishops, who are waging a fierce battle against the government's proposal to extend some rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex unions.
Yes, Pope Benedict is steadfast in the faith. How can Catholics expect any less of their Pope?