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“These were a terrible four days for anti-Catholicism…”

That’s just one of the sharp insights from this analysis of the papal UK trip from the Catholic Herald, courtesy Whispers:

In Hyde Park, the Pope literally exposed the heart of the Catholic faith to crowds of thousands and a television audience of millions: very deliberately, he directed our attention away from himself and towards the Blessed Sacrament. In Birmingham, he beatified John Henry Newman, personally raising to the altars a son of the Church for the first time in his pontificate. In doing so, he quoted Blessed Cardinal Newman: “I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it.”


By this visit Benedict XVI equipped us to become that laity. He was an example to priests, too, in showing how the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite can be gloriously celebrated. How fitting it would be if, from now on, priests everywhere were to follow the Holy Father’s example of facing a crucifix at Mass, thus properly orientating the celebrant towards Calvary. And, crucially, the Pope set a further example to non-believers, of a great religious leader who radiated love, communicated by his winning little smile as well as by his words. From now on, militant secularists will find it very hard to sustain their odious caricature of Joseph Ratzinger: these were a terrible four days for anti-Catholicism.

There’s more, so check it out.

And if you want to check out Rocco Palmo’s own analysis of the papal trip, drop by this link to see him in the flesh.

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posted September 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

This guy must have learned his craft from Joseph Goebbels.

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Mary Margaret

posted September 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm


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posted September 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Gotta like those costumes.

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posted September 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Some people know no limits when it comes to write STUPID things. Joseph Ratzinger was a 17-year country boy in rural Bavaria who had deserted from the Nazi army when Goebbels comitted suicide at the fall of the 3rd. Reich. His devout Catholic parents despised the Nazi regime and a young cousin of him who had Down’s syndrome had been murdered under a “eugenics” Nazi programm. With such background,I wonder how could Ratzinger have learned any “craft” from Goebbels.

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posted September 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

> With such background,I wonder how could Ratzinger have learned any “craft” from Goebbels.
Well, anybody who wants to persuade millions upon millions of people to believe the insane couldn’t have a better teacher than Goebbels. Hardly matters how old they were when Goebbels died; his method lives on.
Anyway, I expect Goebbels learned more about propaganda from the Catholic Church than the other way around.
[Darrell … please take it down a notch. I will tolerate intelligent disagreement or criticism, but not religion-bashing. Thank you. Dcn. G.]

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posted September 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The guy who brought up the Nazis is just an angry man afraid of the Truth, most Leftists are. And I can tell this guys is one.

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posted September 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

‘The man that brought up the Nazis’ was the Pope, when he equated ‘aggressive atheism’ to Nazism.
Not unlike his ex-leader’s comment:
We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.
– Adolf Hitler, Speech in Berlin, October 24, 1933

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posted September 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Deacon G. Time to get that delete button going. Please!

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Rob the Rev

posted September 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

From Religious Dispatches.
Essay, September 21, 2010
Atheist Nazis? The Pope’s Cheap Atonement
By Susannah Heschel
Adam Clayton Powell called it “cheap grace,” but we might call it “cheap atonement”: the effort by sinners to select which sins to acknowledge and repent.
Pope Benedict XVI ended his heavily protested visit to England with a heartfelt apology for German bombings of England during the Battle of Britain; though he refused to accept Christian responsibility for the Holocaust, blaming it instead on pagans and atheists. Given that Cardinal Walter Kasper, on the eve of the Pope’s visit, called Britain a third-world country full of atheists, one wonders if the Vatican is displacing Nazism or anticipating a new outbreak in the country that gave the world political liberalism.
Read the remainder of the essay here:

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posted September 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Let’s be clear. There is a difference between saying that an atheist is an evil person and saying that evil is rooted in the absence of God, which is a form of atheism. This does not mean that everyone who does evil is a non-believer. Ok? You got that?
I don’t think that Catholics are afraid of atheists. I believe that we are afraid of the consequences of atheism. Atheism lacks a moral compass and a central moral code, leaving the door open for people like Hitler, Stalin, Mao and others to make their own moral rules and to teach them as if they were dogma.
There may be individual believers, Catholics and others, who are afraid of atheists. But you will find that these belong to a group that is very fragile in their faith. A man or woman who is solid in his or her faith is not afraid of an atheist. However, he is afraid of the moral chaos to which atheism opens the door.

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posted September 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Nazism is actually rooted in the absense of God. Not that he called atheists Nazis. I really wish people on here would get it right.

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