Pope Ben Apologizes
What's amazing about this apology as I read it is that it seems to indicate that Benedict's understanding of his role is more "exemplar of Christian virtues" than "infallible religious dude who wears great threads."
It's a heartening sign.
Again, I got no beef with quoting medieval texts. However, as the Pope knows, whatever he says will be heard with immediate, unquestioning respect by millions of people who may not be able to understand such quotes in context.
He took responsibility for that, and I think that's very hopeful.