21st July 2019

“It is amazing that the Catholic bishops in Pakistan only discover the benefits of secularism when they are the persecuted minority. Perhaps the bishops should send a message to the pope that it is good not just in Pakistan for religion to be kept separate from the state and civil life. Perhaps the bishops should remind him that his own penchant for interference in politics also brings disadvantage to some people. And while he's condemning blasphemy law, perhaps he could mention to the Irish government that it needs to repeal its own blasphemy law, not a medieval relic, or even a remnant of British imperialism, but recently introduced without a murmur of dissent from the Vatican.”

Terry Sanderson