The Pope, His Holiness Benedict XVI today begins what the media considers "controversial" visit to Britain. But all Papal visits are controversial since at every time in history, the Papal ministry is a sign of contradiction. Benedict's visit is a Sign of Contradiction with respect to the abdication or reason in English society.
Unlike the visit of John Paul II in 1982, this visit does not have those hopeful ecumenical "mirages" like when the Pope visited Canterbury Cathedral and joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie at prayers. The world has since changed then. Britain and much of the world has become secular and this secularism has been elevated to a religion. This secularism has seen itself like a religion combating another religion. The basis of this secularism is a relativist morality.
Benedict comes to Britain to beatify the famous Anglican convert to Catholicism, John Henry Cardinal Newman. This is in itself a great Sign of Contradiction since Newman came to Catholic belief through the exercise of reason and faith. One cannot stand alone by itself. Newman's philosophical opus "A Grammar of Assent" says that quite eloquently.
Moral relativism at its very root is an abdication of reason and thus Newman's example is hoped to inspire people to revisit their faith. Newman is also a witness for toleration, which the Evangelical Secularists have long discarded.
Moral relativism which ultimately results in cognitive relativism is a root for the mockery of Science and nothing like Richard Dawkins declares this so well.
Anyone who has been to England will know that this sceptered Isle has English loonies like Tatchell, Hitchens and Dawkins and English mighties like Newman, Wallace, More and Darwin! BTW, these examples I listed have nothing to do with Religion except the loonies or poopers have one thing in common. They have thrown reason into the rubbish bin!
I Protest not the Pope but the Poopers!
The Pope comes into the "geopolitical centre" of moral relativism and its obnoxious result, the culture of death and is ready bear witness.