Yes, gay people have twisted the Pope’s words to fit their agenda. And yes, the way he spoke (pretty much echoing the Catechism) made that easy.
But remember his supposedly terrible papacy has not only led to more Mass participation. It has led to more people going to RECONCILIATION.
This is by far the most important fruit of his papacy, I think.
The Pope is not perfect by any stretch, but he is accomplishing good here. It’s not as if Benedict was perfect either, as much as people act like he was. He had no clue how to handle the press either – just in a decidedly different way from Pope Francis. And honestly, I don’t think he did enough weeding people involved in the sex abuse scandals from the Vatican. Pope Francis has at least gone some way towards that important job.
Does this mean I dislike Pope Benedict? Not at all. I love Pope Benedict. Summorum Pontificum was great! And his Jesus of Nazareth series was, from what I’ve heard from secondhand sources (I haven’t gotten the chance to read it myself) also excellent. Pope Benedict was an excellent theologian. But I just don’t buy the dichotomy here at all.