Sunday, April 03, 2005
Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!
Amid today's media deification of the late Pope, there's a very good critique of the Catholic church from an Irish Catholic perspective by Malachi O'Doherty in today's Observer.
The article is succinctly titled The Pope they loved but could not obey. O'Doherty argues that the Pope's long reign has deferred debate about fundamental doctrinal issues and that some sort of schism between the Western and Third World churches is inevitable.
The sentimentality prevalent in the current media coverage is doing no-one any favours. Indeed, O'Doherty finds more truth about the crisis within the Catholic church expressed in Father Ted.