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Irish newspaper sees anti-Catholic 'hate speech' sweeping Great Britain

Catholic World News - September 14, 2010

Ireland’s best-selling religious newspaper has issued an editorial lamenting that Great Britain is “being swept up in a wave of anti-Catholic hate” in the days leading up to the visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

Ripping British media outlets for producing what amounts to “hate speech,” the Irish Catholic said that opinion leaders who ordinarily cry out for tolerance were showing no tolerance for Catholicism. “Even other secularists are appalled at the vitriol,” the editorial said.

The Irish Catholic editorial compared the frenzy of anti-Catholic sentiment to the wave of emotion that swept across the same country after the death of Princess Diana. The newspaper found the anti-papal sentiment especially offensive because Britain professes to be tolerant, and “the same society would lecture France on its burka ban and condemn religious hatred in Iraq and the Middle East.” In reality, the editorial said, the most vituperative criticisms of the Church are coming from “people who appear more like medieval religious zealots than people informed by reason and clear-thinking.”

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  • Posted by: Obregon - Sep. 14, 2010 11:20 PM ET USA

    “the same society would lecture France on its burka ban and condemn religious hatred in Iraq and the Middle East.” That's the hypocrisy of those in England who use hate speech against the Pope at the same time that they protect themselves under the banner of free speech!

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