The Catholic Church suffered a dose of the ‘medieval jitters’ during the week after it was announced that the price of condoms is to be reduced.
“Wrong, regrettable and contrary to the common good”… “Catholic Church utterly rejects the use and promotion of condoms”…“promotes promiscuity” “Outside of marriage, the use of condoms encourages sexual activity, which is always gravely sinful”
(Irish Times, 1st Feb. Sub req’d).
This last pronouncement is especially worrying because a grave sin is a mortal sin and a mortal sin means everlasting Hell, no reprieve, no mercy; no hope.
So; the average lad and lassie who decide to adopt a responsible and healthy attitude towards sex should be aware that they risk everlasting damnation.
Meanwhile, back in the real world of religious hypocrisy and sleaze the Catholic Church is busily protecting itself and its priests from the consequences of the central role they played in the Irish child abuse holocaust.
Cardinal Connell has initiated legal proceedings (RTE Six One News, 2nd item) to prevent the examination of files relating to child abuse but listening to Dr Eamonn Walsh, (Same report) Bishop of Dublin we could be forgiven for thinking that all this legal stuff was forced on them.
“The Archdiocese has made it very clear that they are co-operating fully, it’s in everybody’s interest, but when you have people on legal niceties, you’re always going to go into a legal minefield wherever you have lawyers involved.”
Ah yes, the age old hypocrisy – We want to cooperate but…