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Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Pope on The Ropes?
I think the Pope shows great courage and conviction coming to such a lion's den as Britain is for him at this time. I fear things will not go well for him, with many in the media and the public baying for his blood. I only ask for tolerance. Around 10% of the people of Britain are Catholic. In the same way that is surely wrong to burn or despoil the holy objects of Islam, in America, it must be wrong to mock or despoil the holy things of Catholicism in the UK. Peaceful protest and letters to papers are one thing, but let us hope the outrage fails to become nasty or brutish. We don't want people getting medieval.
Finally, shall I prepare a letter for Mr. Fry listing all the crimes, sins and faults of his English government - starting with colonialism, the potato famine, child labour, the creation of industrialisation, class warfare, the invention of concentration camps (Boer war), the first world war (a ludicrous massacre of youth), bombings of Dresden, Suez, Iraq, and myriad other offenses, including support for arms manufacturing, big pharma, and the banking industries on dubious scales, and the murder or deposition of various developing world leaders over the years? Of course, such a list would be partial and unkind, and vaguely pompous and foolish. History is too vast to be fought over in sound-bites. At least Catholics acknowledge sin.