In Europe and possibly the US maybe, but not in Africa, South America or the Far East (the growth areas for Catholicism), where much more conservative attitudes still dominate. The unfortunate truth is that conservatism is a very strong force within Catholicism world wide. Only 26% of the world's Catholics are in Europe.
I am beginning to wonder will where all this will lead to, though. It looks a bit like like the making of a schism to me. Will be see a liberal breakaway from the Catholic Church (in Ireland, Europe or world wide) if this keeps going? If there's a crackdown on "Cultural Catholicism" (Churches demanding that people prove that they're observant and faithful before they perform sacraments), I could see it happening. Breaking away to a new organisation would help Cultural Catholics save face instead admitting that they're really Anglicans in the majority of their beliefs (I'm talking about the ones that still believe in God and Jesus, but disagree with a lot of other doctrines. The ones that don't believe in a personal god, or the divinity of Jesus, but still call themselves Catholic are even harder to figure out). Archbishop Martin has already hinted that they should go.
Whatever happens, it's obvious that the Catholic Church is taking a harder stance on dissent lately, and retreating back to a much more conservative voice.
Religion is destroyed by education regardless of any other factor.
Oh my, A Priest has blind faith. Stop the press.
That letter just reminded me of this.
i think this guy might have been taking lessons from him.
Oooooooh soo close.
A follow up letter in Wednesday's IT is as follows:
Wow,thats possibly the most ridiculous thing ive ever heard a politician say....certainly top ten
That clip in turn reminded me of this....
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people
who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it"
Meanwhile in the North Korean Times Editorial:
or possibly "great minds think alike"?
"You agree with what the Prime Minister said even though you don't know what she said?"
"Yes, because I am sure she's right"
Well, she is an Atheist and we are right more often than not after all