Why on earth would Pope benedict XVI want to rehabilitate a Holocaust denier?
To watch benedict try to operate in the temporal sphere—except perhaps for his playing classical piano—could be painful.
benedict is a wise man, and more worldly, by far, than his predecessor.
"newly married man" (especially one who had seemed a confirmed bachelor), 1821, from the character Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1599). The name is from Late Latin Benedictus, literally "blessed," from Latin benedicte "bless (you)" (see benediction). This also produced the proper name Bennet; hence also benet (late 14c.), the third of the four lesser orders of the Roman Catholic Church, one of whose functions was to exorcize spirits.