I think most people who read this and similar blogs have been paying attention to the B16 visit to the US. Unfortunately the crazy woman at Yale with her "performance art" has sucked up some valuable media time. It is good to note that several of the usual protocols for heads of state were broken for the Pope. I think we have a tendency to try to always look for the cloud behind every silver lining, and there have been some problems with the Papal visit, but all in all I think that a character such as B16 does come off as an enigma to the press. There is nobody left in our mainstream culture who represents scholarship, prayerfulness, and erudition of lifestyle the way B16 does. There is something that is felt and experienced by all, even if words cannot be found to express it adequately. Perhaps the contrast with the Yale faculty is appropriate?
I think people get this same sense from GKC, one is in the presence of a master, and we are so heretical and fanatic in our cultural egalitarian pathos that we never get to experience this.