September 30, 2010

Stealing John Henry Newman

Garry Wills, New York Review of Books

Pope Benedict XVI greeting Cardinal Keith O'Brien as Prince Philip looks on, at the start of the pope's four-day state visit to the UK, Edinburgh, September 16, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI is the best-dressed liar in the world. And in England he presided over the best set-designed lie imaginable. He beatified the nineteenth-century Oxford theologian John Henry Newman, presenting him (in the penultimate step toward canonization) as a docile believer in papal authority, an enemy of dissent, and a rebuke to anyone who questions church authority. When the pope declared authentic the bogus miracle on which he bases the beatification"”the claim that a deacon from Boston was...

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