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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. Author of FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE SECULAR STATE (2012), HUMANITY ENHANCED (2014), and THE MYSTERY OF MORAL AUTHORITY (2016).

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Catholic leader in Scotland attacks same-sex marriage

Scotland is across the Irish Sea from the Dioceses of Dublin and Cloyne, but you'd think that Roman Catholic leaders in that entire part of the world around the British Isles would keep their mouths shut at the moment except to express grave contrition and penitence on behalf of their discredited organisation. Have they no shame? But no ... here is the top hierarch in Scotland, Cardinal O'Brien, coming out with the usual theocratic clap-trap, wanting the state to enforce the church's esoteric view of morality.

It's marvellous how Catholic spokespersons will claim to side with freedom of religion, separation of church and state, etc., when it suits them for PR purposes. But it doesn't stop the likes of Cardinal O'Brien from agitating for the state to impose their specifically religious morality whenever they think they just might succeed.

Again, you'd think that maybe the Catholic Church would favour a live-and-let-live spirit these days, not meddling in politics (or in people's bedrooms) in return for us maybe going a bit easier on it. It could concentrate on what it sees as the spiritual welfare of its members. But no. It's still full of nasty moralists and theocrats. Cardinal O'Brien is evidently one, but there are plenty of others.

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