What were they thinking he would say?
ROME, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI indicated Saturday he will stick to Pope John Paul II's unwavering stands against abortion and euthanasia, saying pontiffs must resist attempts to "water down" Roman Catholic teaching.
Also: These are not "Pope John Paul II's... stands." Such a phrase assumes that the popes are only politicians, and their comments about abortion and euthanasia are only party lines of one kind or another. These are teachings that have been continuously upheld since the time of the apostles. It's not like JPII came up with them on his own.
But it fits with the MSM meme: church as political party.