Religion

George Pell and His Antagonists

I believe that, of all believers in the world, Christians are the most persecuted. The late anti-communist activist B.A. Santamaria, who along with Cardinal Pell had a role in establishing Aid to the Church in Need here in Australia, was wont to say that anti-Catholicism was the anti-Semitism of the intelligentsia. I understand that the saying is attributed to the American historian and poet Peter Viereck. He made the comment around 1960 when John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was running to become president of the United States, against the Republican Richard Nixon. As we know, Kennedy won, narrowly. Viereck’s words…

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