«They have persecuted me, so will they also persecute you»: much more than an evangelical maxim, this is the life programme of every Christian who does not wish to betray his vocation. When on April 19, 2005, he was elected pope, cardinal Joseph Ratzinger certainly imagined all of the hateful and bullying attacks he would be the target of. Entering the conclave and declaring war on the relativist world and on faint-hearted and sickly Catholicism, he certainly did not count on avoiding the confrontation, and even less so when he immediately showed his intentions of doing what the relativist world and sickly Catholicism could not tolerate: restore vigour to Rome and the Papacy. An absolutely unforgivable programme at the dawn of the third millennium. Thus the aggressions that began the very day of his election can be explained, attacks of which the affairs tied to cases of child-molestation by Catholic priests are only one of the most sensational examples. Benedict XVI probably has not encountered the praise of theologian colleagues and intellectuals, but he has succeeded in a much more Catholic operation: after so long, bringing Catholics to Saint Peter’s square to proudly shout «Viva il Papa».
Historian of religious themes in modern and contemporary literature, Alessandro Gnocchi and philosopher of law, Mario Palmaro, are two of the best known and most combative authors of the Catholic panorama. They work with various newspapers including «il Foglio» and «Libero», and the journal of apologetics «Il Timone». The books they have co-authored include: Cattivi maestri. Inchiesta sui nemici della Verità; Cronache da Babele. Viaggio nella crisi della modernità; Contro il logorio del laicismo moderno; Io speriamo che resto cattolico; Giovannino Guareschi: c’era una volta il padre di don Camillo e Peppone; Tradizione, il vero volto; Rapporto sulla tradizione.