Non-Catholic agrees, Pope Benedict being demonized by UK in advance of papal visit

Pope Benedict is facing a strong headwind in the United Kindgom as he prepares to visit the country beginning this Thursday, so it’s good to see at least one non-Catholic sticking up for the pope and calling out his fellow countrymen for their bigotry and hypocrisy:

When Pope Benedict XVI touches down in Edinburgh next Thursday at the start of a four-day state visit to Britain, he may be forgiven for thinking he is not particularly welcome.
The Devil himself could hardly have got a worse press.
For the first time in my memory, there has been constant coverage in parts of the media, especially the BBC, about the costs to the taxpayer of such a visit, put at some £10 million.
When Pope Benedict XVI touches down in Edinburgh next Thursday at the start of a four-day state visit to Britain, he may be forgiven for thinking he is not particularly welcome.
The Devil himself could hardly have got a worse press.
For the first time in my memory, there has been constant coverage in parts of the media, especially the BBC, about the costs to the taxpayer of such a visit, put at some £10 million.
At a time of belt-tightening this expenditure is considered by some to be scandalous.
Yet I can’t recall many people querying the costs of previous state visits to Britain. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa is a misogynist polygamist, whose corrupt government is now bearing down on a free Press.
Very few complained that the red carpet was being rolled out for him, and the fine wines uncorked, when he came here in March.
Worse still, Pope Benedict is being treated in some quarters as though he were a war criminal. [Continue reading...]
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3 thoughts on “Non-Catholic agrees, Pope Benedict being demonized by UK in advance of papal visit

  1. Marion (Mael Muire) says:

    Very candid and well-written article. Impressive. Money quote (several lines): “I have been trying to puzzle out the sheer bloody mindedness and unreasonableness of some of the Pope’s critics.

    “In part it must arise from ancient feelings of fear and hatred about the Vatican and the Papacy which run very deep in this country (the U.K.)….

    “But there is something else at work, even more intolerant. It is the voice of secular humanism.

    “I accept, of course, that lots of secular humanists are tolerant and reasonable people. But there is a hard-core which embraces and promotes atheism with the blind fervour of religious zealots…

    “What these zealots find detestable in Pope Benedict is not only his utter refusal to buy into their secular liberal beliefs, but also his power and effectiveness in sustaining an alternative, God-based moral system.”

    Very insightful observation. It is as if some of the more militant antitheists are bewildered and impatient with the fact that the Pope, the Church, and religion in general haven’t yet simply collapsed in the face of their secularist juggernaut. (Here’s how they thought it was going to go, “we huffed, and we puffed, and we blew God’s house down.”

    Sorry, fellers! Not quite!)

  2. MRP12 says:

    Just saw there was a BBC headline called “Catholicism ‘not valued’ poll” but I couldn’t bring myself to read it.

  3. Dave says:

    It is a decent article. But like all other British press it is void of much real journalism. Reading many of the 211 comments on the page really reveals a strong anit-Catholic mentality fueled by latching onto whatever fanciful argument against the Pope the latest smear campaign provides.

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