Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Watch out! Relativism!

As an example of sloppy thinking, the latest Vatican broadside would be hard to beat. According to King of Bling Benedict and his new mouthpiece, Bagnasco, opening the door to civil unions would let in, as an inevitable consequence, incest and paedophilia. Why? Because civil unions are relativist. And relativism is a no-no.

So what do we call an institution that systematically does one thing and says another? An institution riddled with practising gay men that condemns homosexuality? An institution that denies the right to abortion to all women, with the exception of raped nuns in Bosnia? An institution that preaches poverty and owns more real estate in Rome than the government. An institution that says thou shalt not kill and covers up murders within its walls? An institution that protects its own paedophiles and then uses paedophilia as a weapon against the rights of others? An institution that has one set of rules for itself and another for everyone else?

That's right. A relativist institution.

3 comments:

Tom Raworth said...

Just passing through, Charles: it's relatively warm in Cambridge today.
regards, Tom

Charles Lambert said...

Nice to see you here, Tom. I hope you don't mind me pilfering from some of your recent posts...

Chancelucky said...

I thought it was called the White House....

Yankeecetnrism : Do I get more guesses?