Networks Hit “Rigid,” “Hard Line” “Cartoonish” Pope Benedict

Rich Noyes | December 31, 2022
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The passing on December 31 of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was greeted with a familiar litany of liberal griping about the “strict,” “rigid” “hard line” Pope’s stance on ecclesiastical issues. On NBC, reporter Anne Thompson described Cardinal Ratzinger as “cartoonish” before his elevation to the papacy: “Benedict came with a cartoonish reputation. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger under John Paul, critics branded him ‘God’s Rottweiler,’ a strict conservative theologian.”

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