Have a goo at this wonderful snippet (below) from Stephen Fry where he argues that the Catholic church is not – to put it at its mildest – a force of good in the world. It ain’t new but the topics he covers are timeless. He believes in the Enlightenment, in the eternal adventure of trying to discover moral truth at your own pace. By contrast he sees the church as a benighted outdated institution that’s causing a lot of pain. He also labels it as utterly sex obsessed:
“They say that we, with our permissive society and our rude jokes, are sex obsessed. But no! We have a healthy attitude. We like it. It’s fun, it’s jolly…because it’s a primary impulse, it can be dangerous and dark and difficult. It’s a bit like food in that respect only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics or the morbidly obese. That, in erotic terms, is the Catholic church in a nutshell.”
Aside from discussing damnation, original sin, the ‘moral evil’ of homosexuality, the horrors of child rape, how The Ratzinger spread the absurd word that condoms actually help spread AIDS, he also makes reference to how religion has always been implacably opposed to women’s choice in their own bodies and destinies. Let me know what you think. It’s Sunday in the financially corrupt holy nub of Ireland after all…
Some questions I’ve asked myself & now ask you:
What is God? If we’re made in his image, how come we all look different?
Do you believe in talking snakes and women made from snapped-off ribs?
Have you ever had a genuine ‘religious’ experience that confounded you?
What would women priests bring to the Catholic religion if Rats & Co. gave the eminent go-ahead?
Is religion extinct as a dodo or salvageable/relevant?
Did the Holy Spirit turn up at your Confirmation?
What age were you before you found out Jesus had siblings?
Was the Billings Method ever explained to you in sex education?
Do you agree/disagree with Aristotle who said: The gods too are fond of a joke?
June Caldwell is a writer, who after 13 years of journalism, is finally writing a novel. She has a MA in Creative Writing and was winner of ‘Best Blog Post’ award at the 2011 Irish Blog Awards. You can read this post on her own blog here: