A Catholic archbishop tells us what’s what

The former Archbishop of Westminster lets us know that atheism is the greatest of all evils.

The evil we ask to be delivered from is not essentially the evil of sin, though that is clear, but in the mind of Jesus, it is more importantly a loss of faith. For Jesus, the inability to believe in God and to live by faith is the greatest of evils. You see the things that result from this are an affront to human dignity, destruction of trust between peoples, the rule of egoism and the loss of peace.

Oh really. Is that so. The things that result from the inability (and total lack of desire) to believe in God are an affront to human dignity – while, presumably, the things that result from the ability to believe in God are a compliment to human dignity, and trust and unselfishness and peace. In other words atheism makes people bad: likely to degrade other people, destroy their trust, be selfish and violent, while theism makes people good: kind, trustworthy, selfless and nonviolent.

Really. Is that a fact. Then why is it that Catholic nuns and priests for decade after decade after decade treated children as sadistically, degradingly, mercilessly, dishonestly (telling children their mothers were dead when they weren’t and not telling them they were dead when they were), selfishly and violently as they possibly could? Why did their ability to believe in God and to live by faith never do anything to prompt them to have the slightest compassion for miserable starving deprived overworked lonely friendless children? Why did they have such god damn hard hearts? If faith makes people better, why were they so horrible? Why did they accept such a situation? Why did nothing prompt them to do better? Why was there no still small voice telling them – these are children, they’re defenseless, you can’t treat them this way, it’s wicked and wrong?

The Irish nightmare completely demolishes the cherished bromide that ‘faith’ always and necessarily makes people nicer. It doesn’t. That’s a myth.

6 Responses to “A Catholic archbishop tells us what’s what”

  • #2

    Oops! D’oh. Must have been rushing.

    Look it’s been a hairy day. You might find out how hairy and what kind of hairy in a few days. If you do – there will be a lot of feathers flying, I can tell you.

  • #3

    hmmmm, didn’t think I ballsed-up the link, but must have done. Ho hum.

    The “Just Say No to O’Conman” petition is here:


    or, trying to see if he can get the html working this time, just click here

  • #4

    OB – ooohhh, sounds interesting? :-)

    I’m going to bed now, before I get meself into tangles again…

  • #5

    Oh it’s interesting all right.

  • #6
    Jakob Tomasovich

    Catholic-English Phrasebook:

    “an affront to human dignity” = people don’t believe our magical fairytales any more

    “destruction of trust between peoples” = we don’t trust people who disagree with us

    “the rule of egoism” = people won’t do as they’re told

    “the loss of peace” = so we have to attack them