I just read that Pope Benedict has repudiated the traditional Catholic belief that unbaptized babies spend eternity in limbo - a blissful place, but still not heaven. The pope has stated that baptism is a rite of entry into the Church, not into salvation. Kudos to him! A few weeks ago, he declared that Christians need not object to evolution as a means by which God works in His creation. John Paul II also said this. You all know where I stand on this issue. Double kudos!
I greatly admired John Paul II. I'm beginning to admire Pope Benedict XVI even more. He has displayed great willingness to engage in theological contemplation that is informed by contemporary scientific, sociological, psychological and historical knowledge. What a wonderful example for Christians everywhere.