Those of you who have read what seems to be the leaked letter of the Holy Father on the SSPX should be impressed, it sounds like an apostolic epistle, pleading, exhorting, admonishing.
It does indeed underscore the Pope's understanding of his ministry to gather in the lost sons and daughters of the Church.
Often those who comment on this blog suggest the Pope should "kick a*s*", that is not the nature of Benedict XVI, nor really the nature of the Papacy. The Church is not held together by the strength of military discipline but by the weakness of the charity of the disciples of Christ.
Schism, breaking communion with the Church of Christ is worst than heresy. Avoiding schism on the right or the left is central to his theology. It is not the role of the Pope to drive those who misunderstand, whether deliberately or not, away from Christ. As Christ's shepherd his role is to bring the lost sheep into communion with their Lord.
This is an ecumenical Pope who desperately wants to enlarge the visible Communion of the Church. Today the immediate issue is the reconcilliation of the SSPX, tomorrow it is TAC, the Traditional Anglican Communion, in the future it is reunion with the various Orthodox churches. The urgency that he talks about in the letter concerning reconcilliation of the SSPX, is simply that he wants ecumenism to be more than gestures and empty words, before his death he wants a definite monument. He wants to set up models for the Eastern Churches, and for his successors, that demonstrate the plurallity that Rome is willing to embrace.