I've read a few comments on people's blog along the lines of 'Lent is not going great for me,' (and I'd certainly include myself in that,) but I bet you haven't had a disgusting cartoon picturing your visage in The Times? I thought not. A Saturday treat for me was to buy The Times, no more. I've had enough of Ruth Gledhill too. It's not just the format that's gone tabloid.
Who says the Pope has to avoid 'difficult' topics anyway? He's not a politician trying to get on with everyone to get re-elected. He's the Pope.