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’.