Why are the faithful (and others) drawn to an intellectual who concedes nothing to the show, who says difficult things (like his September speech about faith and violence in Regensburg, which touched off anger among Muslims), who doesn't bargain with the Gospel? What makes people rush to this fragile man who speaks softly and politely without moving his hands, without ever acting?Messori never answers his questions but I would propose that the answer he seeks lies in the questions he asks. All Messori can say is, "Evidently, there is a sort of secret attraction, as if many can sense the fascination of the sacred through the witness of Benedict's thoughts and his modest and humble life."
07 May 2007
The attraction of Benedict XVI
Vittorio Messori, in his brief bit in The Time 100, asks about Pope Benedict XVI: