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Like Christianity, the Pope Is Subtle.

I don't know how directly it confirms my belief that the Pope is far from reflexively anti-war when it comes to overthrowing Middle Eastern dictators, but it certainly doesn't contradict it that he's chosen to go ahead with the beatification of Father Mario D'Aviano, who was instrumental in turning the flow of battle against invading Turkish Muslims on September 11, 1683.

I'll admit that I'm coming to know this Pope extremely late in his tenure — and at a time at which many are questioning him. However, he is earning my respect, as well as my benefit of the doubt, in a way beyond that which I am not bound to offer by my Catholicism.

(via Rod Dreher)

Posted by Justin Katz @ 12:06 PM EST