Category: Catholic Church

Should it come as a surprise that Mother Teres…

Should it come as a surprise that Mother Teresa’s charity home sold babies in India? Certainly not to anyone who read the excoriating 1995 essay on her operation by Christopher Hitchens called The Missionary Position

Following my post from two days ago, here are …

Following my post from two days ago, here are the 2010 numbers on what self-reporting Catholics in Ireland believe.

For the purposes of clarification, this does indeed indicate that one in ten Irish Catholics are atheist.

“They used to publish those figures every year but stopped a while ago. If I were super-cynical, I might wonder if they stopped because the survey results were becoming increasingly embarrassing.” 

Numbers like this are part of the reason for the Atheist Ireland campaign to get the census office to reword their religion question. 

Many people in England who call themselves Cat…

Many people in England who call themselves Catholics don’t really do much Catholic stuff. Remember that having a religion is not like having an ethnicity; at some point you can choose what you want to be.  

It’s a common thread among intelligent people who regard themselves as religious to reject a lot of what that religion teaches. Atheists just take it a little bit further.

The problem with ideology is that people who s…

The problem with ideology is that people who sign up to it throw out all the logic and reason that served them perfectly well in all other areas of their life up to that point. (Here is some practical advice on dealing with ideology.)

The problem with ideological organisations is that it doesn’t take very long for the organisation to take decisions and actions which prioritise the well-being of the organisation over its stated aims. 

Ireland had a referendum today on repealing th…

Ireland had a referendum today on repealing the Eighth Amendment, which banned abortion. On the day we were all voting to removing the final tentacles of the Catholic Church from our constitution, the Irish paper of record, The Irish Times, printed this on their front page.

“Does this mean that Catholics who vote to repeal Ireland’s abortion ban might be forgiven if they turn up to the Popefest in August? Or partially forgiven if they catch it on TV?”

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution…

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution was designed to stop abortions, and was passed into law with the heavy influence of the Catholic Church. 

There is the real possibility that it hasn’t prevented a single abortion. Thousands of women travel to England each year for abortions they need, and unknown numbers of women import abortion pills, which they are forced to take without medical supervision. 

It’s time to deal with our own women’s healthcare issues and quit expecting the wonderful people of the NHS to do it for us. 

Vote “Yes” on the 25th of May. 

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been partic…

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been particularly unpleasant to women in a variety of ways. If you are an Irish woman and still an observant Catholic, I can only assume you have some sort of Helsinki Syndrome.

I don’t know if we should be taking sex advice…

I don’t know if we should be taking sex advice from a group of people who are professionally committed to understanding nothing about it. I don’t know if we should be taking marriage advice from a group of people professionally prohibited from being married.

Most religious people don’t believe everything…

Most religious people don’t believe everything they think they believe. They wouldn’t be able to function if they followed all the recommendations of their religion. Despite espousing an ostensibly superior moral code, these people choose their own morality and retroactively justify it using their religion.

To everyone else, it’s indistinguishable from hypocrisy.

Religion? Catholicism?

Religion? Catholicism?

Forcing other people to live by laws inspired by your religious beliefs?

Indoctrinating children into Bronze-Age belief systems?