A friend of mine regularly watches a French news program called Kiosque, in which half a dozen lefty highbrow journalists kick around the news of the week past. He told me one of the journos this past Sunday gave voice to her contempt for the decision to accord news coverage to the papal inaugural Mass, remarking scornfully that Ratzinger even pinched his punch-line -- "Be Not Afraid!" -- from a speech Jacques Chirac gave two weeks ago.
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Posted by: Sterling -
Apr. 27, 2005 10:46 AM ET USA
This reminds me: NY Times editor of yesteryear, Abe Rosenthal, once wrote a column purporting that JPII was, at heart, a Marxist sympathizer. His proof? The Holy Father's writings had included mention of distributing one's good "to each according to his needs." Later, a better-informed Abe grumpily acknowledged that these words originated in the Acts of the Apostles, not with Marx!
Posted by: Meg Q -
Apr. 26, 2005 6:27 PM ET USA
Talk about singing from a different hymnal.
Posted by: -
Apr. 26, 2005 3:29 PM ET USA
In the rarified upper strata of Ratherian Journalism statements are true to the extent they make the liberals who say them feel good and make liberals who hear them feel good. Nothing else is required. The lady being quoted is clearly a front-runner for this year's Rigoberta Menchu award.
Posted by: -
Apr. 26, 2005 11:54 AM ET USA
And here I thought Benedict had lifted it from the Bob Dufford, S.J. classic, heard fortnightly across my diocese, sung by a roving troubadour (bit of a redundancy there) whose invariable attire is Birkenstocks, faux-leather vest, and many, many beads. I guess Cardinal Ratzinger skipped those Masses.