o_O As a Catholic, I must say that for a transitional pope Benedict is doing his best to screw up everything.
As a Protestant who has a strong respect for and understanding of Catholicism (both historically and in today's time), I think this "transitional" pope is doing a great job at cleaning up much of the mess that was the medieval era.
As the article states, "limbo" was never *officially* part of Catholicism in the first place...so it's not like abolishing it killed off anyone's beliefs.
In fact, since Vatican II accepts "separated brethren" (protestants, other religioius folk) as people that may well make it to heaven (after some time in purgatory, most likely), it would only make sense that unbaptized infants could join the crew.
As for his "making comments that piss off a good 20% of the world" -- no, no, and no. It pissed off extremist Muslims, who generally are on a continual search to FIND things that will piss them off. What Benedictine said in that speech was offensive only to people who didn't take the time to understand what it was he was saying. The man was not at fault.
For being Catholic, you sure do seem to suck at understanding what's going on around you, eh? Unfortunately, that's seemed to be my impression of Catholic folk as a whole. The "elite," the intellectuals, and those who actually care about doctrine and the wellbeing of the world around them, are pretty cool, but they're also few in number. The rest are just nominal Catholics who fear change...I hope you're not one of those!
Now that I've set myself up for flaming, I'll wait for responses.