In thinking about Freyr's recent post on Xtra, and their taking umbrage at Catholic schools - for being Catholic! - my thoughts turned again to Pope Benedict's 2010 UK visit "Heart Speaks Unto Heart".
In his opening address to the Queen at Hollyrood House, the Holy Father said: "...let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads to a truncated vision of man and of society, and thus a reductive vision of the person and his destiny".
In Glasgow, Sept. 16th, the Holy Father warned: "The evangelization of culture is all the more important in our times, when a 'dictatorship of relativism' threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man's nature, his destiny and ultimate good. There are some who seek to exclude religious belief from public discourse, to privatize it or even paint it as a threat to equality and liberty. Yet religion is in fact a guarantee of authentic liberty and respect, leading us to look upon every person as a brother or sister."
At Westminster Hall, Sept, 17th: "... I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalization of religion, particularly Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance."
During the Vigil in Hyde Park, Sept, 18th: "No one who looks realistically at our world today could think that Christians can afford to go on with business as usual, ignoring the profound crisis of faith which has overtaken society, or simply trusting that the patrimony of values handed down by the Christian centuries will continue to inspire and shape the future of society..."