Friday 27 April 2018

Church's daft and cruel teachings have no place in civil law

Pope Benedict should keep his Holy Roman nose well out of civil affairs, writes Emer O'Kelly

There must be huge relief for people in knowing that every time they have to deal in business or other daily life with a Roman Catholic organisation, all of its employees are gleaming, perfect saints. Because the Catholic Church is not going to be forced into employing people who offend against its teachings -- ie, sinners. It just warms the cockles of your heart in these turbulent times when supposed pillars of society are being caught with their hands in various cookie jars right, left, and centre.

That's the obvious conclusion after a broadside at Britain launched by Pope Benedict. We all expected that, didn't we? We noble Catholic Irish, renowned for our good living, have always shuddered at the pernicious standards of morality across the water. . . I mean, they don't even fire MPs for fiddling their expenses. (Oh, sorry; they do. It's here they get re-elected after having used parliamentary privilege and influence for their own benefit.)

There is equality legislation going through the House of Commons which will make it illegal to refuse to employ people because they are homosexual (or on the basis of their religion, or lack of it.) In fact, it is already illegal in Britain to discriminate in such a way, and the Equality Minister Harriet Harman has said that the clause to which the Pope objected will merely clarify existing legislation.

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