Levada, a close ally of the pope, went first. He kissed Benedict's hand, and then the pope rose unexpectedly, placed his hands on each of Levada's shoulders and kissed each cheek.I think that's a sign to those of us who call ourselves orthodox. Pope Benedict has made something very clear to us -- "This is my man on whom my favor rests."
Benedict does not have the same media savvy of his predecessor. But that's what makes such a move extraordinary and why we who consider ourselves orthodox should take good note of it and act appropriately.