29 feb. 2004
I heard an archbishop on the radio saying that the abuse scandal was due to the church having underestimated the influence of the "Godless world" outside the church on the church itself. That makes perfect sense: it's the 3% who don't profess belief in the deity who are to blame for the sins of the 97% who do. It is not that religion is the ultimate source of evil. That would be too easy! It is that religion is ethically inert, does not, qua religion, lend its weight more to one side than the other of any ethical issue. This might seem strange, but it is historically demonstrable. White Southerners who opposed integration were as religious as Martin Luther King.