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Hitchens rips Pope Benedict as 'elderly criminal'

August 04, 2010

In a forthcoming essay for Vanity Fair the avowedly atheist journalist Christopher Hitchens, who is suffering from terminal cancer, voices asks plaintively: “Will I really not live long enough … to read – if not indeed write – the obituaries of elderly criminals like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?”

Damian Thompson of the Daily Telegraph, who read an advance copy of the Hitchens piece, describes it as a “nasty piece of character assassination, sadly typical of a brilliant journalist.”


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 04, 2010 9:43 PM ET USA

    I pray our Lord will open Mr. Hitchens' heart to the Word of God - and that he will find conversion, peace, consolation and love. I also pray for our Holy Father that he may be surrounded by love and sustained throughout these difficult times.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 04, 2010 7:24 PM ET USA

    Anti-Catholicism is a cancer that grows anywhere where people try to do what is right and just, in accordance with God's will.

  • Posted by: JR - Aug. 04, 2010 6:25 PM ET USA

    The bitter figs that fall from Mr. Hitchens' branches may be a sign that the harvest is near. Let's pray that this tree bears more happy fruit before it's too late.

  • Posted by: adamah - Aug. 04, 2010 5:17 PM ET USA

    The vileness of his language would seem to indicate Mr. Hitchens is already beginning his hell while still on Earth. Let us pray for his conversion while there is still time.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Aug. 04, 2010 4:09 PM ET USA

    I'm betting that Mr. Hitchens' already-scheduled appointment for Judgement will occur before any need to write an obituary for our Pope. And if I happen to be correct, I'm going to be eternally grateful that he didn't get to write it.