Tina Beattie, Professor of being Catholic

Certain people have been behaving badly.
Such as — What d’ye call him — Thing’em-bob, and likewise — Never-mind
And ‘St— ‘st— ‘st— and What’s-his-name, and also You-know-who —
The task of filling up the blanks I’d rather leave to you
But it really doesn’t matter whom you put upon the list
For they’d none of ’em be missed — they’d none of ’em be missed!

Oh, and Jesus.


3 thoughts on “Tina Beattie, Professor of being Catholic

  1. Yes, there was definitely something of Koko in Ms Beattie’s unwillingness to name and shame; so there was little hope from the start that her piece would really get to grips with ‘people in the news from a faith perspective.’

    Once again we were treated to the old saw ‘we’re all made in the image of god.’ If that vacuous phrase stands for anything at all (and it’s difficult to see how it could), people of faith like Tina generally throw it in as proof that her religion considers or teaches that all people are of equal importance and worth; of equal dignity.

    This has rarely if ever been demonstrated in human history (apart from short-lived idealists such as the Chartists, Diggers and Levellers etc; or in movements like the Co-operative Society). In big institutions like the Church, and in the hierarchies of other faiths, and in countries run by a theocracy, there is no evidence whatever that this quotation has meant anything at all.

    Tina gave a more accurate picture of true dignity at the end of her piece; but the nature of dignity we recognise in hard-working NHS staff is light-years away from anything her religion has ever identified or encouraged.


  2. ‘Dignity’, for the RCC, seems to be something you stand on to avoid answering questions about your own wrongdoing.


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