I haven’t been
following closely the coverage of Pope Benedict’s travails in Kenya, Nigeria,
Ghana or South Africa. But I suspect that support for the Pope does not need
too much shoring up in that part of the world. Here’s a
well-informed, robust op-ed piece defending his record from The Daily Nation,
the leading newspaper in Kenya. Lawyer and lecturer Luis
G. Franceschi points out that the campaign against the Pope has been going on
for some time:
Pope was attacked by unconnected events in 2005 for having been enrolled by
force in the Nazi youth; in 2006, when his citation of a Byzantine emperor was
taken out of context; in 2008, he was branded homophobic for saying in his
annual Christmas message that the distinction between men and women is central
to human nature, and this order, set down by creation, should be respected.
2009, The New York Times accused him of causing confusion in Anglican and
Catholic parishes by his decision to make it easier for Anglicans to convert.
Every major accusation was accompanied by satellite-like others. The year 2010
was not spared as a major issue was brewing. The target, as usual, was the
Pope, and the subject matter paedophilia.