Stephen Fry v. the Catholic Church

>> Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stephen Fry concedes that his opposition to the motion is a deeply personal and emotional one. He criticises the Catholic Church not only for the horrors it has perpetrated in the past, but also for its ideology, and for its sinister temerity to preach that there is no salvation outside of the Church. With two words he refutes Anne Widdecombe’s suggestion that the Catholic Church does not have the powers of a nation state: “The Vatican”. As a homosexual, Fry reflects how bizarre it is to be accused of being “immoral” and “a pervert” by an institution that has persistently hushed up the rape and abuse of children under its care, and whose leading members, abstentious nuns and priests, all share an attitude towards sex that is utterly unnatural and dysfunctional. He concludes by questioning whether Jesus, as a humble Jewish carpenter, would have approved of all the pomp and excess of the Catholic Church, and whether he would even have been accepted by such an arrogant organisation.
Stephen Fry, isn't he a comedian? He seems more like a philosophy professor in this video. Golly, after watching this, it makes me wish the presidential debates were structured in 20 minute segments.

Some of Fry's comments remind me of things a Catholic priest I know said. That the hierarchy--and those aiming to get into the hierarchy--are sycophants, that the hierarchy gets worked up about little things but pays no attention to big things like child abuse/rape, and that marriage annulments are ridiculous.

(video is about 20 minutes long.)

The Intelligence² Debate - Stephen Fry (Unedited)
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