where credit is due
Once again I must lift my hat to the NCR's John Allen and his ability to communicate the thinking of those he disagrees with. Among the dozens and dozens of left-liberal journalists that have discussed the pope's relation to Nazism, Allen is alone in emphasizing, correctly, that Ratzinger understands that his Catholic orthodoxy was a bulwark against Nazism, whereas the fashion-conscious liberal churches proved all too adaptive:
As Ratzinger later reflected on this experience [of the Nazi period], he drew the conclusion that liberal German Christianity proved the most vulnerable to pressure to assimilate to Nazi ideology, while the conservative denominations that were most clear as to their own identity were better able to resist. Some of his ferocious devotion to traditional forms of faith and practice no doubt reflect that experience.
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Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Apr. 23, 2005 12:28 AM ET USA
I pray (not as often as I should) that, one day, John Allen can ditch the flakier elements of the Catholic left and embrace Orthodoxy enough to be a powerful witness to Christ to fallen away Catholics. His ability to thread the needle, is, as Diogenes notes, quite remarkable.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Apr. 22, 2005 7:58 PM ET USA
As (once again) an old newsman, I have to observe that two things are remarkable about John Allen of the NCR. 1 - That he does such an admirably objective job of covering the Vatican---fairly communicating, as you observe, the opinions of those with whom he disagrees, and 2 - That the NCR keeps him on and lets him do it. They are entitled to some credit for that. And very little else, in my biased view.
Posted by: -
Apr. 22, 2005 3:40 PM ET USA
In the name of sentimentality, of not wanting to offend those devoted to behaviours of their own choice, of not disturbing their psyche, of not wanting to seem to be too attached to personal religious preferences, this country has killed far more people than the Nazis did and the rate is unabated.