The pope, is thought to really be making this visit to combat secularism, AP, also seems to hold this view:
"Benedict will move Newman a step closer to possible sainthood when he presides over his beatification Sept. 19, the main reason for his four-day trip. It's the first time Benedict will celebrate a beatification; under his own rules popes don't beatify, only canonize.
For the German-born, by-the-book professor, such an exception to his own rule is significant. It's a calculated gesture that underscores Benedict's view that Newman is a crucial model for all Christians at a time when Christianity is on the wane in an increasingly secularized Europe."Associated Press (Secular/General Interests coverage; Independent of the United States' Government; Based in the United States of America; Liberal Bias alleged)13 / 09 | September / 2010: "Pope breaks own rule to hold up Anglican convert Newman as model for Catholics today"