Thursday, November 15, 2007

LA Times: Pope Needs to Learn Value of "Separation of Church and State"

Yesterday, I blogged about The Washington Post's response to the news that Pope Benedict was coming to the USA.

Today, be sure to read Christopher Blosser's post over at Catholics in the Public Square about the LA Times' condescending editorial regarding the Pope's upcoming visit:
The Los Angeles Times' editorial begins at the height of condescension:
Pope Benedict XVI will be preaching on his visit to Washington and New York next April, his first trip to the United States as pope. That's part of a pope's job description. But many American Catholics hope that the papal visit will double as what politicians in this country call a "listening tour." They know that, erudite as this former theology professor may be, he still might be able to learn something from their experience in a pluralistic country where the Catholic faith has flourished despite -- or because of -- the separation of church and state. . . .
(emphasis added by Christopher)

[Read the rest]
"... But many American Catholics ..."

I ask again: just who is it that is most guilty of pushing the notion of "American exceptionalism"? And, again, I'll note that it's not conservative Catholics, as is often implied.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Pope Coming to U.S.; Washington Post Responds by Interviewing Naysayers

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At 11/15/2007 12:07 PM, Blogger RobK said...

I read that article online, and can only be grateful once again for having canceled my LA Times subscription.

I would suggest, btw, that the Times actually do a bit of research before spouting off.

Finally, I would suggest they and their readers could do a LOT to learn FROM the pope.

At 11/16/2007 1:36 PM, Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

There is no such thing in the Constitution about separating church and state. It's a big fat MYTH! So there!! BWAHAHAHA!


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