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The Pope’s reason

What is wrong with the Pope affirming the truth of the faith which he represents?

By Edward Skidelsky   November 2006

One has to feel sorry for the Pope. He cannot open his mouth without giving offence to groups only too eager to take it. What’s more, the offence is shared by many members of Europe’s secular intelligentsia, who have no particular sympathy for radical Islam but are outraged that the head of a Christian church should be so “insensitive” as to voice a preference for his own faith. Things have come to a strange pass when even the Vicar of Christ is required to genuflect before the altar of cultural relativism.

Some commentators have accused the Pope of abusing his…

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