Yes, I know - everyone has been over and over this.... But is there a perspective or two that we haven't heard from?
These two articles are among the best I've seen: social, even left-wing liberals who want us to take Pope Benedict XVI very seriously:
1) Edward Green, the now famous Harvard medical researcher.
2) Michael Czerny, a Canadian Jesuit and former head of the Faith and Social Action Office here in Canada , and now Director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN).
Read and enjoy the calm, reasonable but not utterly defensive analysis, as opposed to the rest of the "commentary" out there.
Update: Here is a nuanced response to responses by Ross Douthat. Again, balanced and not defensive.