5 Responses to God must find a place in the public sphere, Pope tells Brazil’s Bishops

  1. toadspittle says:

    “The Pope also called for freedom of Catholic religious education in State schools and the defence of religious symbols in public life.

    Would the burka fall into that category, I wonder?


  2. The Raven says:

    “Would the burka fall into that category, I wonder?”

    I would jolly well hope so, Toad. Besides, if you ban these things, it will only make them more attractive: http://tinyurl.com/3ywfgjf

    As Montaigne might have said, if you want to get a gal to wear something, tell her it’s banned.


  3. shane says:

    I believe even Archbishop Lefebvre defended the right of Muslim parents to send their children to schools in accordance with their religious beliefs.


  4. toadspittle says:

    “Today it is the secular society that increasingly considers forcing citizens to act against their consciences in the name of the proper functioning of a pluralistic secular state.”

    I suspect the weasel word here is, ‘considers’. Teresa sees great plots and conspiracies round every corner. She can’t, or won’t see that anyone other than, in her case, Catholics, can possibly be anything other than evil and manipulative, ‘forcing’ (or at least ‘considering’ forcing) people to do things against their beliefs and interests.
    Of course, many Muslims, and feminists and ‘gays’ to name but three, feel themselves just as oppressed as she does.

    It’s boring to have to remind her, but when, for instance, the Catholics ran Spain under Franco -not so very long ago – everyone else was forced to act against their consciences in the name of the proper functioning of a monolithic, religious, state. As Saudi Arabia, to name but one of many, does right now.

    So let’s cut ‘pluralism’ a little slack, eh?


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