The BBC just released a story detailing the most recent controversy of his current tour of the United Kingdom. Fresh from yesterdays reports that Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican’s leading expert on relations with the Church of England, compared the United Kingdom to the third world. When asked by German news magazine Focus, whether Christians were discriminated against in the UK, Kasper replied:
“Yes. Above all, an aggressive new atheism has spread through Britain. If, for example, you wear a cross on British Airways, you are discriminated against.”
“Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny”
The talk ends with the following advice;
“Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate. Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your Government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world.
May God bless Your Majesty and all the people of your realm. Thank you. “
Lovely. So now we know the secret of how the magisterium of the church maintains it purity.
Will this act of diplomatic charity, the sharing of critiques and advice go both ways?
I doubt it.
Jayson D Cooke