Firstly, anything the Guardian has to say is, at best, suspect and on religion, particularly the Christian religion, that lot of godless oafs are best ignored. When they start speaking of logic, there will be much guffawing across the land.
This is a fascinating nudge in the direction of an established strain of conservative fringe belief: that liberalising popes are not in fact real popes, but imposters, sent by the devil. The explanation has an attractively deranged logic: if the pope is always right, as traditionalists would like to believe, and if this particular pope is clearly wrong, as traditionalists also believe, then obviously this pope is not the real pope.
Secondly, as a Protestant, we are coming into a time when it’s probably best not to be underlining differences of belief from the Catholics but instead emphasizing more the common beliefs.
On the Popes though, I’m not sure what the mass of Catholics are trying to say.…