Two German Cardinals have spoke up in defense of Pope Benedict against the criticisms from bishops in Germany over the lifting of the excommunications of the SSPX bishops.
First, Walter Card. Kasper spoke bluntly with Vatican Radio about the anti-Roman attitude in the criticisms and that the Pope is following the what the Church must do in pursuit of unity. Attacks on the Pope in this matter have been attacks on the Church herself.
Also, Paul Josef Card. Cordes on kreutz.net has gone after Card. Lehmann and others for criticism of the Pope’s move: „Daß den Papst ein geistlich krankes Glied am Leib Christi seit Jahren schmerzt, gilt im besten Fall als Alterssentimentalität“ – analysiert Kardinal Cordes. !