Everyone thought that Pope Benedict would polarize the Church and bring about another schism but His Holiness did none of that--His Holiness healed the wounds of division precisely through His Holiness' clear thinking and desire to propose and not impose upon the Church. He would never have proposed heretical or near heretical ideologies though! His proposals were always orthodox and not heterodox!
Thus we have this kind of spectacle happening within the Catholic Hierarchy and the blame must be laid at imposing questionable teachings and pastoral practices as though these are doctrines or dogmas.
Catholic Cardinal: To Claim Adultery Okay Under Certain Circumstances is 'Heresy' and Causes 'Schism'