...Pastor to his church
In his speech, the pope asserts that the papal ministry has an essentially "spiritual nature", one that is carried on with words and deeds and with prayer and suffering. This is an astonishing view of religious leadership. Benedict has been perceived by many as one with entrenched and rigid views on Christianity, the Roman Catholic priesthood, sexuality and human reproduction. While this is true, it is equally true that the pope, a theologian, asserts his critiques of secularism, globalisation and economic disparity with the same conviction.