“Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny” (Caritas in Veritate, 29).”
I am not saying this sarcastically: I genuinely wonder if it has ever occurred to Benedict that when he lies for political gain, such as he almost certainly did in his relatively recent Holyroodhouse speech, he discredits not just himself as a person, but his church as an institution, and his religion as a source of sound morals? Or does he instead calculate that he can, for one reason or another, escape any negative consequences of his lying for political gain? And if he does make such a calculation, is he right?
It’s my opinion the Pope is most likely calculating he will gain more than he will lose from his lies. That is, I think he knows or suspects his lies will alienate some people — mainly atheists, freethinkers, and so forth. But he also believes his lies will gain him what he wants with far more people than those he alienates — with devout Catholics, for instance.
Those are my hunches, but I can’t say I’m a mind reader. Still, I’m curious what goes through a Pope’s head when he does something, such as lies for political gain and at the expense of others, that would seem to contradict the ethos of his alleged lord and master, Jesus?
Does Benedict ever regret his behavior?