Bush 43 and Pope Benedict XVI

Here’s a link to a transcript of their remarks at the White House’s welcoming ceremony.

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For my money the best quote from the president was:

In a world where some no longer believe that we can distinguish between simple right and wrong, we need your message to reject this ‘dictatorship of relativism,’ and embrace a culture of justice and truth.

Now, that’s a statement with which any real conservative — Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic or atheist, etc. — strongly can agree.

My favorite part of the Pope’s remarks:

[F]reedom is ever new. It is a challenge held out to each generation, and it must constantly be won over for the cause of good. Few have understood this as clearly as the late Pope John Paul II. In reflecting on the spiritual victory of freedom over totalitarianism in his native Poland and in Eastern Europe, he reminded us that history shows time and again that ‘in a world without truth, freedom loses its foundation,’ and a democracy without values can lose its very soul.

For those readers too young or too indoctrinated to know what a crucial role Pope John Paul II played in the necessary evisceration of Soviet-style leftism — along with Reagan, Thatcher, Walesa and Mulroney, of course — it’s worth an independent study outside the sphere of leftist academia and the liberal media. It might just be the most daring post-WWII geopolitical story ever told.

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