The single dumbest statement of 2006.

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 04, 2006

It comes, not surprisingly, from James Carroll of the Boston Globe, writing about what he always writes about: the intellectual deficiencies of the Catholic Church leadership, which has the temerity to disagree with him.

This time, in a disconnected ramble prompted by the Pope's visit to Turkey, Carroll notes that St. Benedict was not officially named the patron saint of Europe until 1964. Perhaps you don't grasp the significance:

That the patron of Europe could be a man from Rome, associated with the Benedictine monasteries that flourished from Italy to Ireland and back, was an implicit affirmation less of the whole culture than of the NATO alliance.

Elsewhere in the column our hero announces: "The old structures of mind must be dismantled." He's got a head start.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 05, 2006 9:00 PM ET USA

    It's all the fault of dead European males. I'm sure Benedict would have approved of the NATO alliance.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 04, 2006 9:56 PM ET USA

    An idiot is always an idiot. Carroll must really feel like a midget next to learned men in our Church. He suffers from a WELL DESERVED inferiority complex!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 04, 2006 10:28 AM ET USA

    I guess this moron forgot to consult Herodotus on the definition of Europe: “The Persians consider something of their property to be Asia and the barbarian peoples who live there, while they maintain that Europe and the Greek world are a separate country.” Seems like Europe became Europe rather earlier than what's-his-name thought.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 04, 2006 10:11 AM ET USA

    Carroll is the biggest fool allowed access in this country to the public press; I know that's tall order, but true it is. It helps, of course, that when what feeble logic (he has a lot of "facts") he can command breaks down narcissism and resentment provide adequate substitutes. The only question remaining, of course, is what municipality would support a paper that could print the productions of such a person? Why ask? it's Boston, the Athens of the North, the weirdest town on God's green earth.