Benedict XVI explains what he meant. Again.

John Allen has the latest papal clarification. And he is good on Benedict XVI as a Platonist, always discussing the church in ideal terms, but angering Catholics (and non-Catholics) more attuned to a historical view. 

John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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