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The visit of the Pope to the UK was a resounding success, according to both Lord Pattern (the organiser) and sails of “Papal tartan”.

The visit of the Pope to the UK was a resounding success, according to both Lord Pattern (the organiser) and sails of “Papal tartan”.

Why was it such a success? Julian Glover in the Daily Mail argues that it was because

“the Pope spoke to the soul of our country, affirming eternal moral verities which our own political and religious leaders normally prefer to avoid“

Who knows how much truth there is in Glover’s views, but I would venture to propose an alternative hypothesis; perhaps the Pope’s visit was such a success because there are a large number of Catholics in the UK who want to see the Pope. This fact seems to be a surprise to some people.

Friends have told me how surprised they were to find out that work colleagues were going to see the Pope. Many had not realised that their colleagues were Catholic in the first place.

perhaps the Pope’s visit was such a success because there are a large number of Catholics in the UK who want to see the Pope. This fact seems to be a surprise to some people.

Perhaps this is not so surprising. A recent article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked at the political attitudes of friends on social networking websites. They found that “friends are typically unaware of their disagreements, even when they say they discuss the topic… friends disagree more than they think they do”

Perhaps it is still as true as ever that we do not discuss religion or politics at the dinner table or on our social networking websites.

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