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Vatican prelates see 'hatred for Church' behind attacks on Pope Benedict

April 06, 2010

Leading Vatican officials are rallying to the defense of Pope Benedict XVI and charging that a worldwide storm of criticism is motivated by hostility to the Catholic Church. Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, the president of the Vatican city-state, told a Vatican Radio audience that Catholics must be ready to pardon those who attack the Pope, despite their "hatred for the Catholic Church." Cardinal Julian Herranz charged that the attacks reflect anger at the Church's stand on "culture of life" issues.


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  • Posted by: Cornelius - Apr. 06, 2010 2:46 PM ET USA

    The Church sits squarely athwart the path of the liberal vision of the continuing moral degeneration of society, and is really the only organized body to do so. We ain't seen nothing yet . . .

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 06, 2010 2:11 PM ET USA

    It is no doubt true that many of the attacks come from those who hate the Church. But we should not forget that we owe those who hate us a great debt. Those who love us let too many of our leaders sweep the sex abuse under the rug for too many years. Only when the haters (such as the Boston Globe) brought it out into the open did it get cleaned up.