Archive for the ‘QOTD’ Category

17th October 2017

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

“Through most of the 20th Century, Ireland was poor, backward and deeply Catholic. Irish Catholicism tended to be of a particularly harsh and unforgiving variety.”

Tom Hundley

16th October 2017

Monday, October 16th, 2017

“In a sense, chastity could be treated as an indicator of just how obsessed a religion is with sex. The more a religion emphasizes chastity, the more they are effectively talking about and referencing sexuality. It's not just the religion that's obsessed with sex, but the adherents as well. After all, if the people themselves weren't constantly going 'too far' in sexual behavior, religious leaders wouldn't have to constantly keep telling them to stop. You can't have chastity without sex.”

Austin Cline

15th October 2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

“About two-thirds of Ireland's population turned out to see the pope during his three-day visit [in 1979]. Before the pope's arrival, they were entertained by two of the Irish church's most popular and charismatic leaders: Bishop Eamon Casey of Galway and Rev. Michael Cleary, Dublin's 'singing priest,' who had his own show on national radio.

A decade later, it would come to light that Casey was the father of a son by an American woman and had 'borrowed' from church funds to silence them. Cleary, it was discovered, fathered two children and had an abusive relationship with a troubled young woman who worked as his housekeeper… As the sex scandals gathered momentum through the 1990s, so did the flight from the pews. For the church, which once occupied a position at the pinnacle of Irish society, it was a stunning fall from grace.”

David Aaronovitch

14th October 2017

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

“Adam Smith argues that the free market works in religion as in everything else. Non-established clergy, who rely on the collection plate, show greater 'zeal' in proselytising 'the inferior ranks of people' than the established, salaried sort, who are more interested in sucking up to clerical bigwigs.”

The Economist

13th October 2017

Friday, October 13th, 2017

“You cannot become president of Ireland or be appointed a judge in the republic unless you take a religious oath asking God to direct and sustain you in your work. What an atheist is offered is an Irish solution – to ignore it, to pretend you believe in God. But this means, for example, that a new judge who is privately an atheist but swears to God is technically committing perjury. We should be amending our constitution to remove these theistic references, not creating new crimes to enforce provisions that were written in the 1930s.”

Michael Nugent