With a thank you to Ben Yachov for pointing out this contradiction:
Ratzinger: Avoid criticizing the Church in mass media.
Francis: Announces in mass media that the Church owes an apology to LGBT people for 'offending them'.
Granted, Ben's original thought was that this blog counted as 'mass media' and he didn't think this through. I can't help but notice that the chiding to not criticize the Church in the mass media seems to have become utterly irrelevant once the realization of Francis' act has sunk in.
Now we'll here that that was something Ratzinger said before he was pope, and also it's his personal opinion not binding advice, and so on and so on.