Surely the Catholic Church must realize by now that prayers have no effect on reality except to console the consciences of those who wish to appear to be doing something constructive.
Instead of begging for money from small children (Short Takes 21/2) wouldn’t it send a better message to the community if the church agreed to accept the legitimate claims for compensation without resorting to defensive legal tactics such as the infamous Ellis defense?
The Roman Catholic Church is morally bankrupt as it continues to pontificate and interfere in the private sex lives of people through misinformed opinions on contraception, stem cell research, gay rights, and the spread of AIDs in Africa.
The current Vicar of Christ has resigned as the infallible supreme pontiff in humiliation and disgrace, and will spend the remainder of his life holed up in the Vatican enjoying the diplomatic immunity from prosecution that was granted by another of the worlds most infamous tyrants, Mussolini himself.
Long gone are the days when ordinary Australians automatically accorded respect to anyone wearing a dog collar or a nun’s habit. As Steven Weinberg once said;
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”