French atheist defends Catholicism

Bernard-Henri Lévy on YouTube

Bernard-Henri Lévy on YouTube

One of France's leading intellectuals, Bernard-Henri Lévy, has come to the defense of the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper ABC,  last week, the Jewish writer said that Catholicism is "the most attacked religion in Europe". He said it was unfortunate that so many injustices were being committed against the Holy Father.

Levy said: “The Pope’s voice is extremely important, and we are very unjust to this Pope. I am not Catholic, but I think there is prejudice and especially major anti-clericalism that is taking on enormous proportions in Europe.”

“In France there is much talk about the desecrations of Jewish and Muslim cemeteries, but nobody knows that the tombs of Catholics are continually desecrated. There is a sort of anti-clericalism in France that is not healthy at all." He added: "We have the right to criticize religions" but he said the scale of the criticism was "out of proportion."

Dr Levy hasin the past voiced his support for the construction of the mosque at Ground Zero in New York, but has publicly objected to the full face veil or burkha.

Often referred to today, in France, simply as BHL, Lévy was one of the leaders of the 'Nouvelle Philosophie' movement in 1976.

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