Magazine October 18, 2010, Issue

Benedict in Britain

The pope called a nation back to greatness

Papal visits now follow a well-established course. Before the pope arrives, the host country’s media are full of reports asserting with prophetic sadness that, though the pontiff is personally popular and may on that account be well received, the Catholic faithful nonetheless reject his opinions on a range of issues from abortion to women priests. Then the pope arrives and is greeted by much larger crowds than expected. He delivers some powerful sermons to which only a few dissident theologians object. Finally, he returns to Rome amid ecumenical applause, leaving behind a sense that some souls have been uplifted and

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