Oh god, I`m religious
An article in the Herald on Sunday by Times columnist Julie Burchill has pissed off a lot of Catholics. The Herald on Sunday is not online, but the article is here. Here's an excerpt.
It is a fact that religions which display an unhealthy fascination with policing the sexual conduct of their flocks -particularly the females -seem to have very little energy or interest left in fighting real evil; witness the Catholic Church's indulgence of monsters, from the Borgias through the Nazis to the IRA.
Even before the current plague of Papist paedophilia became public knowledge, I was instinctively repelled by the idea of Catholicism -usually the religion of choice for over-worldly writers who have come to believe that too much knowledge is a bitter thing. It has always struck me as an incredibly dirty-minded religion, seeing sex everywhere instead of in just the few places where sex created by God, of course, actually is. All that harping on about celibacy, virginity, fornication, original sin; it was bound to end in tears, and in the dreadful reality of a whole generation of Catholic priests so decimated by Aids and child molesting that recruitment to the Catholic priesthood in the West has all but ceased to exist.
Gee, expect a few letters to the editor of the Herald on Sunday from angry Catholics on that. Not a good read before Mass, I guess.