Jacqueline L. Salmon of the Washington Post discovers a rare form of Catholic and marvels at their peculiar behavior: they’re young! they don’t question the Church’s teachings! they attend the Tridentine Mass regularly and go to confession!
Actually, I shouldn’t be so hard. After browsing article after article accentuating the gulf between Benedict and American Catholics, it’s refreshing to see a newspaper present the lives of the orthodox in a fairly straightforward manner.
The article actually is pretty good and not sneering, but you do get paragraphs like this:
They appreciate Benedict for his unwavering advocacy of what they hold to be "Catholic": ancient liturgical practices such as the traditional Latin Mass, the supremacy of the Catholic Church, Gregorian chants in worship and theologians who concur with the pope’s teachings. As the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog for 24 years before becoming pope, Benedict earned this group’s devotion.
In so many articles anything controversial is always mentioned as the Pope’s teaching and not the Church’s teaching. I found it ironic in a recent article by Peter Steinfel in the NYT about Clichéd Coverage in the Media he mentions abortion, contraception, same sex marriage and then relates it to "papal positions." Talk about a cliche, but amazingly the rest of Steinfel’s article is also pretty good.