Fr. Daniel Doyle, Professor of Theology at Villanova, said our new Holy Father was a moderating influence on JPII of blessed memory. He said Benedict XVI reined in what might have been even more hard-line stands from Pope John Paul II, citing women's ordination as an example. JPII, according to Fr. Doyle, wanted explicitly to apply or invoke papal infallibility when he said women could not be ordained. Cardinal Ratzinger urged him not to proclaim this "ex cathedra".
Fr. Doyle also said that Benedict XVI is a very prayerful man.