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Friday, September 17, 2010

A warm welcome to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

At least that's what I call him. What Stephen Fry and friends call him is "Pope Ratzinger".

Isn't the oafishness of that the most revealing moment in their letter? It reminds me of nothing so much as the Koran-burning antics of Pastor Terry Jones. The same gratuitous bad manners, betraying the same inability to deal on a human level with the existence of persons who sincerely hold different beliefs from oneself - in a word, intolerance.

Unlike Jones, though, Fry and Co. are members of a cultural and intellectual elite who have no excuse for ignorance. Also unlike him, they have not and will not trigger a frantic damage-limitation exercise. They will not need to lose any sleep over the possible consequences of sticking two fingers up at a billion Catholics.

Well, it ought to have at least one consequence. The ayatollahs of secular liberalism have it in for all Christians who are not prepared to swallow their agenda whole; the Pope is just a particularly potent symbol. Deo volente I'll be in the West End tomorrow evening to wave to him, and I hope to have plenty of non-Catholics for company.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Beg pardon, Mr Grumpy, but I have to take exception to your use of "secular liberalism" in a way you yourself may have not intended. I am not at all sure that a liberal will go out of his/her skin to behave in the way Stephen Fry does...

Or is it that I'm just sensitive to the rather free way people use "liberal" as a curse word lately.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Upon second though, Mr Grumpy, I've decided to make it clearer why I am incensed about bashing liberals (who, on the whole, don't deserve this fashion):