Category Archives: Religion

When in doubt, answer a different question

When politicians are asked a question they don’t want to answer you expect them to employ their usual tactic. This is to answer a different question, one they are happy to answer, and hope no one notices.

But it’s not only politicians who do this.

On BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions 10 April 2020 there were two politicians and two non-politicians. About 34 minutes into the program Jill Morris from Stafford asked what I thought was a very interesting question:

Does the coronavirus prove that God does not exist?

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Catholic Church and child abuse

I have read through Pope Francis’s ‘21 Reflection Points‘ with which the recent Vatican sex abuse summit began, and also the closing eight points which he says the Church will focus on in their “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse of minors.

What I didn’t see anywhere was any reference to what surely must be one of the most powerful and fundamental enablers of both the abuse and its cover-up. That is the absolutism which runs through much institutionalised religion in general and the Roman Catholic Church in particular. Continue reading