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David Quinn: Pope replaces George Bush as the man some people love to hate

Published 23/04/2010 | 05:00

Pope Benedict XVI pauses during an open-air audience in St Peter's Square, the Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI pauses during an open-air audience in St Peter's Square, the Vatican

Joseph Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II five years ago this week. Already a controversial figure, he has since gone on to become the hate figure du jour in certain circles, a sort of replacement bogeyman for George W Bush.

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Those circles include aggressive secularists, angry ex-Catholics and some within the Catholic Church itself who still suffer from the delusion that the purpose of the Second Vatican Council was to turn the church into another form of failed liberal Protestantism.

Obviously, Benedict is in the news now because of the scandals and the ongoing, and mostly unfair, attempts to implicate him in the mismanagement of those scandals. But even without the scandals, Benedict was and is a hate figure for some.

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