Fr. John Hunwicke has at his place a thoughtful piece about why some people hate Papa Ratzinger so very much. I think he has it right. He reposted some items which still hold up. For example, from 2015:
I may have got this wrong, because in such matters one can only be anecdotal. But I think a particular constituency, just one among a number of others, is that of ideological homosexual extremists. Why do they detest him? Apparently he is the symbol of ‘homophobia’. Ratzinger’s views on homosexuality were, surely, no more ‘definite’ than those of S John Paul II. But it was Ratzinger who seemed to attract their venom. They loathed him because they apparently saw him as the enemy of their campaigns; and at the same time they tried to convince themselves that he was himself one of themselves, so that, by a paradox of weird inversion, they could hate him all the more.
Why? Here’s my hypothesis. A noisy minority of homosexuals seem to need comfort and reassurance and can only get it by convincing themselves and anybody who will listen to them that pretty well everybody else is also homosexual. Particularly anyone who doesn’t go along with their own narrative and world view. So: either you are openly homosexual; or, if you aren’t, that simply proves how hypocritical you are to conceal your condition! Either way, GOTCHA!!
I had the great honor to get to know Joseph Ratzinger a little when I worked in the Palazzo Sant’Uffizio. He was American friendly, I initially worked for his dear friend another Bavarian Cardinal, in an office in which he took great interest, I was into Patristics, and I could speak several languages. I would often pick his brains, which he enjoyed and we had great conversations. I learned his mind in those years about the traditional Mass, etc. He gave me my thesis theme. Etc. Etc. In short, I got to know him a bit.
It seems to me that another reason why the sodomites hate Ratzinger so much is because is patently quite a gentle soul, very careful with other people’s dignity. Hence, he is easily targeted. That’s what bullies do. They target those whom they think won’t or can’t fight back. Why? Because they are vicious and they are cowards. I remind the readership that one of the Italian words for an active homosexual is “frocio”, which derives from Latin ferox, savage, insolent.
They hate Ratzinger and anyone aligned with him because of their own disorder.
Watch how the the sodomites and homosexualist allies work today. That’s how they roll. Part of their identikit is that they are bullies. Think about it.