Don'cha just love it when two news items complement each other? Rev Vincent Nichols is due to replace poor Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, whose sonorous moniker's dipped in dishonour (an odour of skankiness stubbornly lingers round his treatment of clergy with wandering fingers).
As soon as he has accepted the post (which presumably comes with a bullet proof pension, whatever the circumstances of his termination), he condemns TV adverts for condoms, despite their known virtues in preventing serious disease and even more serious polulation growth.
Meanwhile, over in Erin, one of that fair land's most senior clergy admits that a report will soon come out showing that thousands of children were abused by priests.
We may wonder what would Jesus have had to say about this kind of thing?
Wonder no longer. He said it plain and clear.
Woe to you, hypocrites, whited sepulchres, clean on the outside but inside full of rottenness and dead mens bones.
Take the bloody great stick out of your own eye before you try to take the speck out of your friend's eye.
and, if that is not clear enough for these masters of scriptural exegesis,
In all seriousness I have to say, if anyone abuses a child, it would be better for him if he has an enormous stone tied around his neck and he is tossed into a very deep body of water without breathing apparatus.
But what do they care? The priority for these churchman is to put the best spin they can on these stories as they emerge in the corporate media.
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