Bart Ehrman has posted a review of the Pope Benedict's latest book 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives'.
The Pope is not principally trying to “set the record” straight with respect to all the myths and legends that have sprung up around the nativity scene. He instead provides an intelligent, very pious, and not very critical pastoral and soothing interpretation of the accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.
Of course he would do that. What else would he do? He’s not going to focus on the discrepancies between the accounts, the historical implausibilities, the violations of all sense (not just virgin births, of course, as that’s a doctrinal certainty; but also stars stopping over houses and the like).