I dug way back to 2005 to get my reaction to the elevation of Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy.
That reaction was not good.
But it is 2008, and my feelings are now quite different. Benedict the Pope has indeed become a very different public persona than was the Cardinal.
Isn't it interesting, now that we have a personable, benevolent, scholarly Pope, people feel they must dig into his past to smear him?
If we look into the past of any great saint, there was once a great sinner. But inside the sinner was the seed of the saint. Ratzinger the Hatchetman has evolved, and surely was evolving all along, into the wonderful world leader we see today.
Just keep that in mind while you are reading the muck that's been raked by silly people who don't seem to understand that our Pope has been in the public eye for decades. Much of that stuff has been known every step along the way, especially by the College of Cardinals, who likely knew all that and perhaps more.
They still elected him to rule the Worldwide Church. Maybe Rough and Ready is what we need right now.
Obviously, that is what the Holy Spirit thought, back in 2005.