Papal Visit 2010: Pope’s Holyroodhouse speech – full text

September 16th, 2010 | Categories: News, Stupidity, evil, retarded | Tags: , , , , , ,

This speech is so ironic, it’s crazy. The pope is such a lying sack of shit.

Papal Visit 2010: Pope’s Holyroodhouse speech – full text

Your Majesty,

Thank you for your gracious invitation to make an official visit to the United Kingdom and for your warm words of greeting on behalf of the British people. In thanking Your Majesty, allow me to extend my own greetings to all the people of the United Kingdom and to hold out a hand of friendship to each one.

It is a great pleasure for me to start my journey by saluting the members of the Royal Family, thanking in particular His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh for his kind welcome to me at Edinburgh Airport. I express my gratitude to Your Majesty’s present and previous Governments and to all those who worked with them to make this occasion possible, including Lord Patten and former Secretary of State Murphy. I would also like to acknowledge with deep appreciation the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, which has contributed greatly to strengthening the friendly relations existing between the Holy See and the United Kingdom.

As I begin my visit to the United Kingdom in Scotland’s historic capital city, I greet in a special way First Minister Salmond and the representatives of the Scottish Parliament. Just like the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies, may the Scottish Parliament grow to be an expression of the fine traditions and distinct culture of the Scots and strive to serve their best interests in a spirit of solidarity and concern for the common good.

The name of Holyroodhouse, Your Majesty’s official residence in Scotland, recalls the “Holy Cross” and points to the deep Christian roots that are still present in every layer of British life. The monarchs of England and Scotland have been Christians from very early times and include outstanding saints like Edward the Confessor and Margaret of Scotland. As you know, many of them consciously exercised their sovereign duty in the light of the Gospel, and in this way shaped the nation for good at the deepest level. As a result, the Christian message has been an integral part of the language, thought and culture of the peoples of these islands for more than a thousand years. Your forefathers’ respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom, to the great benefit of Christians and non-Christians alike.

We find many examples of this force for good throughout Britain’s long history. Even in comparatively recent times, due to figures like William Wilberforce and David Livingstone, Britain intervened directly to stop the international slave trade. Inspired by faith, women like Florence Nightingale served the poor and the sick and set new standards in healthcare that were subsequently copied everywhere. John Henry Newman, whose beatification I will celebrate shortly, was one of many British Christians of his age whose goodness, eloquence and action were a credit to their countrymen and women. These, and many people like them, were inspired by a deep faith born and nurtured in these islands.

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).

Sixty-five years ago, Britain played an essential role in forging the post-war international consensus which favoured the establishment of the United Nations and ushered in a hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe. In more recent years, the international community has followed closely events in Northern Ireland which have led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the devolution of powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Your Majesty’s Government and the Government of Ireland, together with the political, religious and civil leaders of Northern Ireland, have helped give birth to a peaceful resolution of the conflict there. I encourage everyone involved to continue to walk courageously together on the path marked out for them towards a just and lasting peace.

Looking abroad, the United Kingdom remains a key figure politically and economically on the international stage. Your Government and people are the shapers of ideas that still have an impact far beyond the British Isles. This places upon them a particular duty to act wisely for the common good. Similarly, because their opinions reach such a wide audience, the British media have a graver responsibility than most and a greater opportunity to promote the peace of nations, the integral development of peoples and the spread of authentic human rights. May all Britons continue to live by the values of honesty, respect and fair-mindedness that have won them the esteem and admiration of many.

Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate. Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your Government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world.

May God bless Your Majesty and all the people of your realm. Thank you.

  1. Hal
    September 16th, 2010 at 13:44
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    At least this decrepit old fool is aware that “aggressive secularism” is his enemy.
    He tries to give the impression that the UK is a deeply Christian country when it really isn’t.
    There is a wide range of ethnic diversity here and British law fits in a secular society without bias towards Christianity.
    Perhaps there are exceptions such as taxation levels for churches, etc, but I doubt that has a huge impact when compared to countries that don’t separate church from state.

    What’s happening with the call to have him arrested for protecting child molesters?

  2. Kim
    September 16th, 2010 at 18:13
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    What’s this comment and the other comments on this site trying to achieve? Irreligion is not the sacking of religion or the mocking of others’ “faith”? by posting anti-religious comments you’re making yourselves the equal of the people your slating? the molesting of children by priests is not a matter of “faith”, the lies that this man speaks are not a matter of “faith”. The UK is not a secular society by definition anyway! our government is based on Christian foundations and our head of state is the head of a faith. our local governments take orders from “faith” groups and our schools all teach “faith” of one kind or another as the moral fibre of society? there could never be a secular society in the real world as long as people do have faith in a higher being & although i have no faith in a higher being and many others share my opinions, it is no more our place to mock or ridicule those with faith than it is theirs to mock our Irreligion. Please don’t confuse fear of faith or the horrible things that man is capable of with “faith” or Irreligion. Irreligion is not the fear of “faith” it’s the abscence of it. the reasons for the abscence are personal and different but they can’t be based in fear or hatred as you cannot hate or fear something that doesn’t exist…

    • Ian
      September 16th, 2010 at 18:46
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      Nice, government mandated “faith”, care to tell me what part of that is freely chosen? I thought the whole point was in accepting god into your heart OF YOUR OWN ACCORD, NOT SOMETHING FORCED.

      I’m not going to bother replying to the rest of that drivel you wrote since it’s utter shit.

    • Hal
      September 16th, 2010 at 19:08
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      The Christian foundations that our government is built on are very diluted compared to many other countries.
      Sure, religion is taught at schools but it is optional at GCSE level and higher so what’s the problem?
      It’s good to have an awareness of religion and I think the way it is taught in British public schools is neutral and respectful that there will inevitably be a wide range of beliefs among the pupils of any given classroom.

  3. Kim
    September 16th, 2010 at 19:08
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    if you we not an ignorant you would already be aware that faith is a taught behaviour. you don’t have faith when you’re born and therfore, it’s taught! Irreligious people have questioned these teachings, pondered them and rejected them. you, it would seem, have a fear of them and therfore, have decided that hate is your defence.

    • Ian
      September 16th, 2010 at 19:18
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      An ignorant? Stop using adjectives as nouns, you’re being ironic.

      Irreligious people have questioned these teachings, pondered them and rejected them.

      What the hell are you talking about?

      you, it would seem, have a fear of them and therfore, have decided that hate is your defence.

      Actually, it is you who fear. You fear death, you fear the unknown, you fear that you might actually be alone in the universe. I don’t fear what I don’t know, and I don’t fear death.

      Your bullshit beliefs have nothing to do with me. You believe in a magical man in the sky. That’s all that needs to be said.

  4. Kim
    September 16th, 2010 at 19:21
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    Hal, your comments are 100% correct. we don’t live in a country where religion is pushed at us. However, it is not a secular society – there’s nothing wrong with this – i love that i was lucky enough to be born and live in the UK. I just wanted to point out that many of the comments on this site are attacking religion in exactly the same way that religions attack each other? Irreligion shouldn’t mean lack of enlightenment and mocking/attacking someone else’s faith is not very enlightened is it?

    • Ian
      September 16th, 2010 at 19:23
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      I just wanted to point out that many of the comments on this site are attacking religion in exactly the same way that religions attack each other?

      How’s that? Have I strapped a bomb to my chest and blown you up? Have I thrown acid in your face? Have I burned you at the stake?

      No, I’ve verbally attacked your lies and idiocy.

      Irreligion shouldn’t mean lack of enlightenment and mocking/attacking someone else’s faith is not very enlightened is it?

      Being critical of someone’s ignorance is absolutely warranted and necessary.

  5. Kim
    September 16th, 2010 at 19:25
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    Ian, For the record i believe that we live, then we die. there is no place in my life for fear of death and no room for hate [although i have met a few people i don't like very much]. i don’t belive in any kind of god or higher spirit.

    • Ian
      September 16th, 2010 at 19:26

      I don’t believe you. Based on the few posts you’ve made, you’re clearly leaning towards religiosity.

  6. Kim
    September 16th, 2010 at 19:41

    Ian, no really, i am not religious at all. I’ve many friends from just about every conceivable faith though. there differences are all cultural though. they blame religion when they speak to each other but through my eyes all these people believe in the same thing and practice in different ways. It’s not my place to say they are misguided as their belief gives them strength. What i can say for sure is that there cultures can sometimes divide them and it’s almost always there different cultural backgrounds that lead to arguments.

    • Andre
      September 16th, 2010 at 23:04

      You’re full of shit.
      A non-believe criticizing a believer is not the same as a believe criticizing a believer. One of these things is logical, the other is hypocritical. Can you guess which is which?

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    September 16th, 2010 at 19:57

    For your freedom and ours!
    God, Honor, Fatherland!

  10. Kim
    September 16th, 2010 at 20:00

    Bog_Honor_Ojczyzna, Nazism & Catholisism don’t really make good bed-fellows. are you forgetting the Nazi regime of the 30′s & 40′s killed Catholic Priests?

    Are you trying to pin your cultural misgivings to a religion? What’s wrong with Catholic people who aren’t white?

  11. SpoonmanWoS
    September 16th, 2010 at 21:46

    Tsk, tsk! Blaming your holocaust on atheists…please, Ratzie..only your deluded followers believe that. Everyone knows Hitler was a Catholic. We can all read Mein Kampf and read about his devotion to the Christian god and his persecution of “the killers of Christ”. We can listen to his speeches where he riled the Germans up into a Jew-killin’ lather by invoking Catholicism. We can look at his immediate circle and see they had all been raised in fine, upstanding Roman Catholic homes by Roman Catholic parents in Roman Catholic traditions. We can also see that Hitler himself only personally killed two people: himself and his wife. The other 10,000,000 people? They were killed by Catholics following a Catholic leader doing atrocities in the name of Christianity.

    Of course, what kind of spin would expect from a Pope who was a former Hitler Youth?

  12. Chris
    September 17th, 2010 at 15:03

    I was waiting for ‘I humbly apologise in the name of Christ for the abuses committed in God’s name by sinful members of our Church’ but, nothing.

    It’s as if they didn’t change the rules of how to deal with child abusers, without actually, you know, asking them to be turned in to the authorities. No other institution could get away with this, without their leader stepping down. I suppose that’s the great thing about being ordained by God (I mean, other powerful Catholics, but close enough).

    Anecdotally, the only pedophile I have heard about within the circle of people that I actually know was a Christian reverend. His daughter turned him in. Even family ties don’t stretch to child abuse. Church ties certainly shouldn’t.