7 thoughts on “Tim Stanley, blogger, journalist, historian and Catholic

  1. This is a typical example of religions’ piracy. The Golden Rule; treat others as you would wish they should treat you, comes to be understood automatically by all human beings as they grow up. Religions’ l see it’s utility, claim it as uniquely their own invention and then trash it by warring between their factions. They should all be told to drop the religious supernatural tripe for the good of us all.

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  2. Yes, for the quadrillionth time on TftD, the conceited implication – nay, assumption – that without one of the (mutually-blasphemous) versions of piety the pious would be monstrously inhuman and utterly immoral.

    To disprove this absurdity it takes only one counter-example of, say, an apostate who isn’t. And I can think of one with absolute certainty.

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  3. “Judge not, that ye be not judged”. But the Jesus character is made to tell us elsewhere that we’re all going to get judged at the End of the Day anyway. So we might as well get our bit of judging in first.

    More seriously, it is not being judgemental to note that far too many UK citizens are obese, to tell them so, and to encourage and help them to lose weight. Not everybody has the iron willpower of Dim Stanley.

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  4. Sharon Horgan on her recent Desert Island Discs talked about her Catholic guilt. She said that at her nun run school so much was either not allowed or taught to be wrong. Is there anyone who is a lapsed Catholic who has not been scarred being brought up in that awful sect?
    Can any overweight Catholics or former Catholics let us know what the priest would say if you confessed to eating an unnecessary cream cake.

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    1. Catholic Guilt. Its not always that way. When I was in my later teens (50 or so years ago) I was friendly with three catholic brothers. All were very smart but absolute reprobates. Two of them are now professors emeritus and one was a big shot in the petroleum industry. Their mother was fearful of god and guilt ridden to the point of hysteria. There were crosses, wall affixed bowls of holy water and pictures of god, jesus and mary all over their house. But the three brothers never had guilty feelings about anything as far as I know. The shoplifting exploits of two of them was petty but the youngest stole to order and cash repayment. They removed text books and lab equipment from school, visited garden centres and nicked cuttings, stole chemicals from school for the purposes of bangs and the release of noxious fumes. One was a tallented chemist and found out how to make phosphine from school chemy lab ingredients. He managed to clear the local Woolworths in a few minutes … a dangerous and risky prank. Some of the explosions were spectacularly scary. A favourite use of mercury fulminate was explosive beer mats planted on the bars of the local pubs. Once mobile with his own car the oldest brother became a skillful poacher using illegal tackle on exclusive rivers such as the Wye. Their forte was practical jokery and many suffered indignity and some very distressing experiences. Small time LSD trafficking earned them pocket money for a few weeks but they soon established a low risk high profit fake drugs business – dyed asprin tablets, ground up asprin tablets, dyed and toasted tesco mushrooms and pieces of blotting paper dotted with of food colouring sold to the unsuspecting. After I went off to Uni I hardly ever saw them again which was a great relief.

      I once asked two of them about their consciences after their misdeeds. They replied was they were from a good catholic professional family regularly going to church on Sundays where they confessed to those things that were not particularly incriminating. So that was it. They could be absolute horrors 6 days a week as long as they were good catholics on sundays. They suffered no guilt about anything as far as I could tell. All three gained Phds and went on to eminence and I know that one of them still is a good catholic boy. Catholic Guilt … yeah right.

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