Pope warns against ‘aggressive’ secularism in Britain

Pope Benedict XVI urged Britain Thursday to maintain its respect for religious traditions and warned against ‘aggressive forms of secularism’ in his first speech of an historic state visit.

“Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society,” the pope said at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where he flew in earlier at the start of his four-day trip to Scotland and England.

“In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate.”