Catholic journalist condemns ‘liberal authoritarianism’ of anti-Catholics like Dawkins

Rosamund Urwin, a Catholic journalist on the London Evening Standard, has written a powerful piece challenging the vicious anti-Catholicism around the Holy Father’s visit, seeing it as a resurgence of the old hatred towards Catholics.

“Pope-bashing is the true national sport,” a devout Roman Catholic once told me. “After all, the English have had nearly five centuries to perfect it.” That 21st-century Britain is not so different from England in 1533 became apparent to me at university. During Freshers’ Week, a Protestant gleefully announced that our “smells, bells and superstitions” guaranteed me fast-track entry to hell. A few days later, an atheist declared us Catholics a group of “kiddy-fiddlers celebrating cannibalism”.

‘The problem isn’t the attacks against Catholicism, but their delivery and motivation. Dawkins and his ilk make no attempt to engage or debate: they simply seem to enjoy castigating and poking fun. When they criticise the views of the Church, it smacks of “liberal authoritarianism”: if you don’t share their “enlightened” opinions, expect to be ridiculed, your beliefs swiftly dismissed.’

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23872297-britain-has-no-divine-right-to-bash-catholics.do

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