Well look at this under the heading of Dictator of Relativism:
Benedict XVI is the embodiment of resistance to the idiocies of today, when the obsession with ratings and sex are more important than any article of faith. But he performs that role with a soft voice and the steadfastness of a deeply religious man. And he binds the loyalty of those people who stand with him in opposition -- some 1.2 billion Catholics in the global Church -- and who are often ridiculed as idiots for doing so. They are true to the words of the apostle Paul: "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world."
It is Benedict effect! I know one swallow etc. but this was in Der Spiegel!
my thanks to Dr William Tyghe for sending it to me.