6th May 2013

“In 1979, contraception finally became legally available in Ireland, but only to married couples and on prescription. It was 1992 before contraceptives became freely available to everyone. That same year, coincidentally, the church had its first major sex scandal when it was revealed that the Bishop of Galway, Eamonn Casey, had a 17-year-old son; a favorite T-shirt at the time featured a condom and the caption 'Just in Casey'.”

Patsy McGarry

6 Responses to “6th May 2013”

  1. R J Says:

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  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    The toughest decisions are not right versus wrong but right versus right.

    Determining which side has the higher claim to rightness often requires some deep ethical reasoning.

    A belief system providing definite black and white answers, as so many of our fundamentalist-type religions do, is based on a limited form of logic, and must necessarily fail to respect the full complexity of reality.

    Ethical self-identity evolves with the practice of ethical decision-making skills and analyzing positions on ethical issues.

  3. Jeff Says:

    “Deep ethical reasoning.”

    That’s a hell of a phrase, Sinjin. There’s just a couple of problems with it, however.

    Deep though about anything is antithetical to everything American culture teaches, where monstrous crimes are solved in 48 minutes plus commercials, and proper interrogation technique involves water, if the crime is heinous enough. Ethical thought is beyond most Americans that I’ve met if it doesn’t involve a hard and fast rule (you point, I’ll admit). And REASONING? Don’t even get me going on that, it is actively trained out of our children by the culture of there’s a test for everything and it can only be done with a number 2 pencil and must be computer scored.

    Is it any wonder that anyone who believes that there are complexities which cannot be so tested is accused of waging a culture war?

  4. R J Says:

    Jeff at 1600

    agreed !!

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Cynicism. aside and yes I see the humor, your “throw up your hands jaded negativity” advances nothing.

    I’ve advocated for philosophical and behavioral education here previously and I believe in it. Particularly in the absense of doing nothing.

    If there was a thought I might set in motion it is that religious moral teaching has fallen flat, the time to embrace the thought processes secularly and as part of secondary education is upon us.

    You specifically would be one of the last people I’d think truly believed that “deep” and “ethical” and “reasoning” were terms mutually incompatible.

    The inverse of what you have said establishes that.

  6. Jeff Says:


    I didn’t say (or really even imply) that the terms were mutually incompatible except within the context of American culture as currently practiced and taught. As to throwing up my hands, I believe that correct diagnosis is the first step towards a cure, even if clothed in a bit of humor, and sometimes even because of it.

    I don’t believe the problem can’t be solved, but first it has to become widely acknowledged!!!