Monday, 22 March 2010

The Pope blames secularism

Extract from the Pope's letter to Irish Catholics:-

"In recent decades, however, the Church in your country has had to confront new and serious challenges to the faith arising from the rapid transformation and secularization of Irish society. Fast-paced social change has occurred, often adversely affecting people's traditional adherence to Catholic teaching and values. All too often, the sacramental and devotional practices that sustain faith and enable it to grow, such as frequent confession, daily prayer and annual retreats, were neglected. Significant too was the tendency during this period, also on the part of priests and religious, to adopt ways of thinking and assessing secular realities without sufficient reference to the Gospel. The programme of renewal proposed by the Second Vatican Council was sometimes misinterpreted and indeed, in the light of the profound social changes that were taking place, it was far from easy to know how best to implement it. In particular, there was a well-intentioned but misguided tendency to avoid penal approaches to canonically irregular situations. It is in this overall context that we must try to understand the disturbing problem of child sexual abuse, which has contributed in no small measure to the weakening of faith and the loss of respect for the Church and her teachings."

We secularists really must stop getting Catholic priests into these 'canonically irregular situations'. Most inconsiderate of us.


  1. I shall say a few hail maries (assuming maries is the plural of mary) for my inconsiderate liberal tendencies. Hang on - I don't know any RC priests, so how could I influence them?

  2. I don't think that not knowing any priests absolves you Margaret. Isn't it just possible you might be guilty of spreading scepticism generally about the RC faith? Tut!

  3. The nerve of that stupid old man... What kind of twisted, sick moral you can have to be unable to see that the way the Catholic Church have been imposing an inhuman chastity on human beings messed up big time the sexuality of the clergy?