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Church and State

12 September, 2010

Joseph Ratzinger will shortly visit the UK as the Head of a State – the Vatican.

But Ratzinger is also the Head of a Church – the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, for a billion Catholics, Ratzinger is the direct successor to the apostle Peter to whom, according to some interpretations of some texts, Jesus handed the leadership of his church.

Is it opssible to do justice to two roles – spiritual and secular?
Isn’t there some room for separation of church and state here?

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