I don't like to get "political" at Branches and Rain, but I owe the Catholic Church a debt of gratitude. That I have a rewarding and nourishing life on this earth is largely due to the Roman Catholic Church, which our Lord Jesus Christ founded upon the rock of the Apostle Peter.
If you have enjoyed this blog, and care about truth, please do me the favor of reading Conrad Black's article, Pope Benedict and the Scandal Mongers, at National Review Online.
It feels funny to be linking to National Review. I don't think of myself as a conservative. My parents were very much so, and as a teenager I enjoyed William F. Buckley's television program, Firing Line. I even went to hear him speak at Rollins College around 1970. But I never found his reflections on his Catholicism to be very profound. He seemed to assume that God was on his side, rather than that he was on God's side. He was such a political animal.
I remember one episode of Firing Line when he had Malcolm Muggeridge on. Muggeridge, an eminent British journalist and secular liberal, was converted late in life by the experience of meeting Mother Teresa. Buckley kept trying to get him going on a variety of conservative hobby-horses. Muggeridge wouldn't bite. He'd said goodbye to all that, as I have.