Richard Dawkins thinks Pope Francis is ‘perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing’

Prof Richard Dawkins has given an interview to The New Republic in which he’s asked what he thinks about Pope Francis:

‘Isaac Chotiner: I was wondering what you think of the current Pope. What’s your emotional reaction to religious figures who don’t seem so doctrinaire or who reach out to people who are less religious?

RD: I’m a sucker for nice religious leaders. I fall for it every time. But that doesn’t mean that I accept their arguments. Pope Francis seems to be a much nicer man than Pope Benedict, but I’m not sure that his views on things that really matter are all that different. Whereas Benedict was perhaps a wolf in wolf’s clothing, Francis is perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing.’

Protect the Pope comment: How ridiculous Dawkins calling Pope Emeritus Benedict a ‘wolf in wolf’s clothing’! Anyone who has met Pope Benedict or listened to his interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN when prefect of the CDF knows that Joseph Ratzinger is a humble, courteous, and deeply caring pastor. And how shallow can he be when he admits that he’s a sucker for nice religious leaders. Being nice is the ultimate accolade in this impoverished, lost culture. How ridiculous that Dawkins quotes from Scripture to outrageously accuse Pope Francis of being deceptive, but then Dawkins’ forte is being calculatingly insulting, ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.’ Dawkins must be the only person on the planet who thinks Pope Francis is a ‘ravening wolf’.

http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/richard-dawkins-interview-pope-francis-poetry-and-why-jews-win-so-many-nobel-prizes

17 comments to Richard Dawkins thinks Pope Francis is ‘perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing’

  • Mark Thorne

    Professor Richard Dawkins is a man of the world, who abides by the principles of this world, judges everything in accordance with the principles of this world, and is probably well past the stage where he might consider or contemplate anything that lies beyond his materialist, reductionist vision. Personally, I don’t think he has done or said anything novel or remotely of interest (either scientifically or otherwise) for at least a quarter of a century now. It seems a futile exercise to try to tease apart what he says; it’s all so eminently predictable!

    • Rob

      discovering that Dawkins is a materialist is rather like discovering that the Pope is a Catholic.

      Perhaps the only interesting thing here is that Dawkins understands immediately that whilst the new Pope might have a different, perhaps softer, style he is still the Pope and that nothing of substance has changed. Other atheists have said similar things too. It is only the “liberal Catholics” who seem to have convinced themselves that the new Pope somehow signals doctrinal reform.

  • (X)MCCLXIII

    Dawkins is a sheep in wolves’ clothing.

  • Augustine

    “I’m a sucker for nice religious leaders.”

    If he were consistent (which he is clearly not) a materialist like Prof Dawkins would not refer to anyone as “nice”. “Nice” for a materialist is a meaningless concept.

    If he were consistent (which he is clearly not) a materialist like Prof Dawkins would not praise (however mildly) any religious leader. “Religious leaders” for a materialist always cause great harm to society.

    So if he were honest he would just say: “I’m a sucker” – and we could all (for once) agree with him.

  • Augustine

    So if he were honest he would just say: “I’m a sucker” – and we could all (for once) agree with him.

  • That is Richard Dawkins the well-known “author of Science Fiction”!

  • Rifleman819

    Deacon Nick …how about :-

    “I’m a conceited, vain , but somewhat clever person-whose opinion counts for more than the blokes from Oxford City Council who empty my dustbins… just because I am Richard Dawkins”

    “I am also rather thin-skinned and pompous.You untermensch have only one function ….to assuage and fall down before my ego.”

    But dear Richard …we know ..if you do not…that you are the Ozmandias of north Oxford.And your hubris will lead to the selfsame fate.

  • Michael Petek

    I’d like to lock Richard Dawkins in a room with Ian Paisley for five minutes.

    • yes, indeed, tcmus…& THAT should tell you all you need to know about MDM & these ‘prophecies’ which have been rebuked & exposed as dangerous & false by many within the Catholic faith.

      “The night is arriving, and with it the time of Divine Justice, Pray for my vicar, support him, because the enemies of my church have begun to discredit him, so many will believe the deceptions of my enemies, and many will turn away from my church. Beware of those who are prophesying against my church and against my vicar, because the poison of their words brings division, confusion and chaos, and this is not coming from me!

      The discrediting campaign is underway, many of my purple’s ones are in default with my vicar, for they expected a pope who allow them to implement in my church the doctrine of liberation. O what a surprise has been received by catholic world and many of my purple’s ones with the election of Pope Francis! They expected a pope with weak character and easy to manipulate, but they have encountered a barrier, an obstacle, which will not allow them to carry out their plans against my church. ” “October 18th, 2013

      http://www.afterthewarning.com/WebPages/BeforeTheWarning/MessagesFromHeaven/PastorEnoc.aspx#10-27-13b

  • Richard Dawkins is a wolf in snake’s clothing.

  • Terese

    Who cares what Dawkins thinks?! Why perpetuate his perceived importance…He is an atheist! No credentials there! Hey there may have been a Big Bang….I love science…but I love God too! Who created the Big Bang? Not Dawkins…GOD did! Dawkins is the ape…ha ha

  • Rifleman

    Terese,
    Absolutely correct

  • ParryP

    The need of the more vocal aggressive atheists for religion continues to perplex me. I guess it’s the inevitable consequence of having a belief system founded upon an absence or denial. Not only is atheism a house vulnerable to the shifting sands of secular relativism but the landlord charges the ultimate in high rent.

  • Absolutely though I agree with you Deacon Nick, “Anyone who has met Pope Francis or listened to his interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN when prefect of the CDF knows that Joseph Ratzinger is a humble, courteous, and deeply caring pastor”. Shurely shome mishtake? Pope Benedict was Prefect of the CDF.

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