A golden opportunity was missed here, and one may only speculate how long it will take for the Vatican and others to recognize this. Pope Benedict XVI is, by all accounts, a courageous and honorable man. But wittingly or not, he failed to stiffen the spines of beleaguered Christians throughout the Western world. Instead, he filled them with gelatin.

Marvin Folkertsma, Ph.D. is a professor of political science and Fellow for American Studies with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. He is the author of several books including the recently released novel “The Thirteenth Commandment.” He can be contacted at mjfolkertsma@gcc.edu.

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