21st April 2012

“The man to whom I made my last, self-censored confession left the priesthood soon afterwards. If I remember rightly, he took a job in the steel industry – a fact that I've always thought rather vindicated my reluctance to bare my soul to him. After all, wouldn't you feel cheated if you'd confided your worst sins to a future middle-manager of British Steel, in the mistaken belief that he'd remain a priest for life?”

Tom Utley

7 Responses to “21st April 2012”

  1. R J Says:

    confession creates control

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “left the priesthood” Wow, that says it. Either they check out in seminary school and fake a j-o-b of the calling or they leave disillusioned. At least for the one that leaves the priesthood in favor of real work have character: not enough for me to confide in likely, and most certainly not for having been coerced with some invisible cloud people story.

    Control really is sick R j, we’re a divinity even possible it’s religious exercise would promote the best of being human: liberty, freedom, and creative enterprise. Confess my shortcomings to a pedophile? Yah, not happening!

    Dan, thought you might appreciate: took the family to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Wonderful to see the diversity of birds they care for. Was really impressed with their efforts to help endangered species. Didn’t realize Sea Eagles were so massive.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:


    Appears god isn’t the only one able to create life?

  4. The Heretic Says:

    Kind of begs the question of whether he fell out of belief, or if he just met a pretty girl? I wonder how many priests actually believe the crap that they peddle. Or how the percentage changes over ‘years of service’. I know that there have been popes that didn’t by some of their statements.

  5. Xhim Says:

    Interesting article, Sinjin. Reminds me of a joke (which I share for the humor, not as a form of argument):
    A scientist challenges God, “You’re not so smart. You made life out of dirt, well, I can make life out of dirt too!” God answers, “OK, you want a life making contest? I’m in!” So God scoops up some dirt, gets ready to start. The scientist also scoops up some dirt. God: “Hey! Don’t use my dirt! Make your own!”

  6. R J Says:


    tou’re right. the control created by the whole

    concept of confession is terrible.

    it’s a sad old load of bullshit that has been

    foisted on people for centuries.

  7. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Xhim, Hold onto that line about God’s dirt if you must but it is falling apart too. As we find that dirt was created in star supernovas (along with just about everything you and I are made of), which in turn were created when massive quantities of simple elements combined to form the stars, as we march toward an understanding of it all. Rather than finding God we are just finding that god isn’t necessary for any of it.

    Science isn’t duplicating god’s achievement, it is duplicating nature’s.

    I live for the day when folks like you fess up and admit what you and I
    already know: That what you call god is nature, and the idea that nature or god be personified is absurd.

    Yes there are natural laws but those laws are self evident and not written in any religious book.

    Truth stares at you without and bombastic claims, or any demands for worship, it is just there. See it.!