So Happy Catholic comes right out and admits she's a weirdo. Others agree.
For me, the problem I have with reading the works of the blessed John Paul II has less to do with the words he uses than with all the visual clutter surrounding them.
Let me rephrase that: For me, the problem I have, with "reading the works" of the blessed John Paul II1, has less to do with the words (cf. John 1:1) he uses than with all the visual clutter surrounding them.
I haven't yet read enough of Pope Benedict XVI to have much of a feel for his style, beyond "professorial" and "expositorial."
Clearly, what is needed is a contest, along the lines of the Faux Faulkner and the Bad Hemingway. Maybe the John Paul the Second-Rate Writing Competition and the Bum Benedict Bout? The winning entries of each would then face off; the more awful one would prove which pope is the better stylist.
1. Not to be confused with the blessed John Paul I.