With a H/T to Bryden Black I draw your attention to an interview posted on First Things. The byline re the interviewee and interviewer is,
"Pierre Manent, former director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris Il Foglio in the wake of the ISIS murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel"
It starts with:
"Imagine this scene: a mid-week mass, an almost empty church, two parishioners, three nuns, a very old priest with a mild, fine face who is immolated at the foot of the altar on which he has just celebrated the memorial of Christ’s sacrifice. This heart-wrenching scene sheds light on the state of Christianity in Europe. The Catholic Church lives from the faith and zeal of a few, old and young. It is the object of hatred with two faces: the cold and hissing hatred, the contempt of the class that speaks and writes; and the murderous hatred of Muslim fanatics."
Pierre Manent has that sharp insight which I have found numerous times when reading French intellectuals. Insight which somehow, je ne sais pas, is different to those of us who think in the British tradition.
Read on ...
This is the killer sentence (IMHO):
"We invite catastrophe by sincerely believing that the religious affiliation of a citizen has no political bearing or effect. "