One of the many aspects of Benedict XVI's writings and sayings that I find amazing is how they are simultaneously eastern and western, if you will.
And why not? The Church was one when the Early Church Fathers wrote. And, as you have pointed out, Benedict XVI is a patristic scholar (this may explain my observation above). IMHO, Benedict XVI's patristic scholarship is/was part of God's plan for him.
and the Orthodox East is listening, listening closer than the Latin West I sometimes believe.
Who really knows? There are literally millions of people in both Churches. Speaking only for myself, I have been listening much more closely to what Benedict has been saying than I ever did to JPII. I find Benedict XVI's words to be quite clear, articulate, eloquent and multileveled. When I read them again, I see things that I didn't before.
I'll second that about Benedict. Wonderful that such a scholarly man is such a devout and scholarly man...
I agree, but in fairness to Pope John Paul, he was ill for many years before his death. Still, Pope Benedict is brilliant.
"And why not? The Church was one when the Early Church Fathers wrote."
As Kosta says, "A Catholic Church, an Orthodox Faith". Think back, though, over your reading and your lifetime of listening to Popes. Have you ever heard a pope speak and teach like this one? I say it has been rather more than 1000 years since we have heard such a pope.
"IMHO, Benedict XVI's patristic scholarship is/was part of God's plan for him."
And perhaps for all of us!