I, for one, wouldn’t argue with Herr Ratzinger on this point. The BBC reports on his speech during his unwelcome UK visit:
The Pope has warned that religion – and Christianity in particular – is “being marginalised” around the world.
His comments came in his keynote speech to UK MPs, senior members of British society, and religious leaders at Westminster Hall in central London.
Pope Benedict XVI warned that there were some people who wanted to see “the voice of religion be silenced”.
He returned to the subject in a service at Westminster Abbey, asking Christians to speak out about their faith.
BBC correspondent Peter Hunt described the speech at Westminster Hall as “a rallying call, and a plea – for religion not to be squeezed out by secular society”.
The Pope was speaking as a sixth man was arrested as counter-terrorism detectives investigate an alleged threat to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit.
In his speech at Westminster Hall, the Pope called on those in attendance to seek ways to promote faith “at every level of national life”.
He added: “I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance.
“There are those who would advocate that the voice of religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely private sphere.
“There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none.”…
[continues at the BBC]