Saturday 3 December 2016

Catholic Church is now a failed entity

Published 05/01/2011 | 05:00

I refer to your editorial comment relating to child sexual abuse and the pieces by John Cooney, Bruce Arnold and Matthew Day on the same subject (December 21).

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Pope Benedict's remarks were scandalous and reflect the mindset of many senior churchmen and theologians who are cocooned from real life.

However, the Pope was speaking in a personal capacity as a theologian, and we know that a great deal of Roman Catholic theology is unconnected to the immutable doctrine; for example Limbo and clerical celibacy, which are positions adopted by the church and which can be overturned.

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