Published 22/02/2012 | 05:00
• David Quinn insists (February 17) that the Pope must also be a head of state because his own "independence" must be paramount.
What a compelling argument that is. And what a shame that Peter didn't present it when Jesus of Nazareth made that fatal trip to Roman-occupied Jerusalem.
Surely the reason Christianity, including its Catholic component, flourished under adversity and continues to advance, had always far less to do with folk who could preserve their independence as heads of states than with people who acted alone in defence of the truth and the Gospel of love.