Monday, 13 September 2010
the Pope in England, first musings
I will be in England myself next weekend, for just two days, in Bristol, including the day the Pope makes an English saint. My brother, who happens to be Warren Professor of Catholic Thought at Duke University, North Carolina, USA, and who is, unlike me, a devout Catholic, is going to be there too, in some way accompanying the Pope. I wasn't minded to muse on this visit (though a colleague who is a Scottish Catholic tells me this morning that his father is making an 18-hour round trip to see the Pope in Scotland) until I switched on Sky News early this morning. Not the first place I would look for theological insights. I heard Eamonn Holmes, who I believe is a Catholic himself update: yes he is, searches for biog of anyone from Northern Ireland always tell you where they went to school, and that tells you their religion in that province refer to the Pope as "the Holy Father". Well, I suppose if you are Catholic that is what you call the Pope and that is how you think of him. However. It seemed inappropriate to me. If there was a news story about the prophet Muhammad (and there have been several in recent years have there not) would it be appropriate for a Muslim (or any other) TV presenter to say "peace be upon him" after Muhammad's name? No. Hein?