Mark Steyn writes about the Pope
Why progressive Westerners never understood John Paul II, and explains a few facts:
We live in a present-tense culture where novelty is its own virtue: the Guardian, for example, has already been touting the Nigerian Francis Arinze as “candidate for first black pope”. This would be news to Pope St Victor, an African and pontiff from 189 to 199. Among his legacies: the celebration of Easter on a Sunday.
That’s not what the Guardian had in mind, of course: it meant “the first black pope since the death of Elvis” – or however far back our societal memory now goes.
The point of Steyn’s article is “The root of the Pope’s thinking – that there are eternal truths no one can change even if one wanted to – is completely incomprehensible to the progressivist mindset.” We can argue about the rest of the article, but on that, he’s right.
Real Clear Politics has an article by Thomas Joscelyn on the Crime of the Century: How the elite media and the CIA failed to Investigate the 1981 papal assassination attempt.
AND IF IT WERE UP TO the elite media the story would have ended there. But, something was wrong with this narrative. Too many threads of evidence pointed to a wider plot that involved the Soviet-controlled Bulgarian intelligence service.
Daily Italian newspapers, citing high level politicians and magistrate judges, regularly reported on the Bulgarian connection. However, in many ways prefiguring the rise of independent media investigators, it was not the elite U.S. media that would break news of the Bulgarian connection; it was Reader’s Digest.
Read the rest.