Consider, first, the media's exceedingly happy receptivity to a few words of Pope Francis in an interview he recently gave.
Consider, second, these words Pope Benedict spoke on November 9th, 2006:
I remember, when I used go to Germany in the 1980s and '90s, that I was asked to give interviews and I always knew the questions in advance. They concerned the ordination of women, contraception, abortion and other such constantly recurring problems.
Isn't it curious how the media then did not go react in a similar way as they did two days ago? Of course not!If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith - a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.
We know their narrative: Pope Benedict XVI was the "panzer-cardinal," the conservative and unbending dogmatist; Pope Francis is humble and reform-minded and not a "conservative" like his predecessor.