Another worse than useless Western leader
In 2004, the then Cardinal Ratzinger said that the admission of Turkey into the EU would be a “grave error.” His election as pope was welcomed by traditionalists not least because he was thought to be a man who understood the Islamic threat and was prepared to defend what remained of the Christian West against it.
Today, following Pope Benedict’s pathetic surrender to Islam following his thoughtlessly sweeping attack on Islam at Regensburg in September, he has also changed his position on Turkey:
Nov. 28 (Bloomberg)—Pope Benedict XVI said he backs Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting the pontiff upon his arrival in Ankara for his first visit to a Muslim country.Pretty miserable. But, as I also indicated at the time of the post-Regensburg betrayal, this new betrayal is not all that shocking when we remember the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate which embraces Muslims as fellow “adorers of the one God,” which Benedict fully endorses, and which, during his “Stations of the Apology” tour following Regensburg, he quoted to a crowd in St. Peter’s Square.
As I realized at the time, so long as Nostra Aetate remains authoritative, any papal statement critical of Islam is nothing more than an unprincipled exception to Nostra Aetate, meaning a non-liberal attitude that is not backed up by a non-liberal principle, and therefore is inevitably rolled over by liberal principle. Thus Ratzinger said in ’04 that Turkey’s admission into the EU would be a grave error, because Europe is Christian and Turkey is not. But that was just a vestigial, non-liberal attitude to which Ratzinger was giving voice. The only authoritative principle for him was that Islam and Christianity are basically one, because Christians and Muslims both “adore the one God.” Nostra Aetate also commands Catholics to “forget” its 1,400 years of defensive warfare against Islamic invasions. As a result, as soon as the pope’s non-liberal desire to exclude Turkey from Europe came up against the pope’s liberal principle that Christians must forget what Islam actually is and embrace Muslims, the non-liberal attitude surrendered to the liberal principle.
The lesson is that only individuals who stand on the firm ground of non-liberal principle can resist the liberal destruction of the West.
I’m not surprised at all by Joey R and the Turks. This all goes back to a hard lesson I learned years ago: A person should be considered a defender of the West and its founding peoples only if he overtly states his position on this.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 28, 2006 02:14 PM | Send