24th June 2012

“By choosing not to say anything and by burying the report [on the question of condom use to prevent disease] the [Catholic] Church remains vulnerable to the accusation that its teaching on this point is inhumane and irrational. But even worse is the deliberate suppression of theological truth for fear of being misunderstood. It is mundane. It is cowardly. It is not worthy of a teaching authority which proclaims that the truth sets us free.”

Austen Ivereigh

4 Responses to “24th June 2012”

  1. archaeopteryx Says:

    “Theological truth”? Surely an oxymoron.

  2. Jeff Says:


    As the guy is a prominent Catholic lay writer and critic of the church, I’ve got to give him points for guts, if not brains in his belief system. You’re right about the oxymoron, but at least give him credit for seeing the fundamental problem of the Catholic hierarchy.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    For me I think this is just crazy. That to be so wrapped up in religion and belief in god is so simple minded. To struggle within this nothing belief is just bizarre.

    But it would and should strike me this way, I don’t believe in the possibility that god could exist. I think it is cut and dry simple, there is no possibility god could exist. Nothing! Supernatural stuff can’t exist, can’t be real. No ghosts, witches, gremlins, dragons, unicorns, faeries, devils, gods, vampires, no werewolves, Frankenstein wasn’t real, it is all just made up fantasy mumbo jumbo.

    When I think of the dipsticks that are making their way to the church down the street as I’m typing this I shake my head.

    Yesterday I took my 10 year old daughter to a golf tourney in Connecticut. We had a great time and then came home, grilled pork chops, dined with the family, then watched a movie.

    Today an old Navy buddy is coming to town and is staying with us tonight.

    It is so simple, life is all about the people you enjoy it with. That is all. There isn’t anything more to it. No gods or heavens or hells, that is just plain silliness. The idea that life would require anything more than the plainly obvious is arrogant or stupid, depending on your intelligence or lack thereof.

    “bury the report…” wow! How did it ever get to that? All of this structure propped up for what? Debating the efficacy of condom use? Really?

    Create a prophet and write a narrative that depicts the prophet as something beyond extraordinary, rig together some fanciful ceremony and ritual, build masses of purposeless buildings to house

  4. Kittie Aldakkour Says:

    I have a 10 year old daughter also. Yesterday she went to Vacation Bible School with friends.. I grew up with religion crammed down my throat – however I realize that we all believe what we believe… I can’t force her beliefs or lack of any more than my parents… so I let her go with her friends. It was more of a social event. In the car on the way home she says.. mom, you know they talked alot about god today and they said that god made everything – even the world… they didn’t even mention the big bang… I was really doing backflips inside – she is learning to think on her own and be critical of what others claim. How good that feels.. As for this morning – like you – I am going to enjoy some time with people I love doing – well, just as soon as I get off this computer…