The above title should remind us that we can forgive Bishop Joseph Devine for his latest anti Gay outburst.
"they are giving that Gay actor Ian McEllen a knighthood for helping the gay community while Oscar Wild got the jail for it, whatever next" ? "that gay mob are trying to stitch themselves to Holocaust day to get sympathy" and " don't shoot the messenger it's him (pointing upwards to God) who's saying it no me"
At this point several people are heard to say 'hey landlord we've listened to enough of this old eejit's rambling, can you no bar him" if only this were true but, alas it's not the local bar room bigot talking it's Bishop Joseph Devine, leader of the Catholic flock in Motherwell and man of God.
Old Joe, wasn't at the seminary the day the student priests got the lecture about (loving one another) and (treating others as you would have them treat you) he might also have missed that bit about gentle loving Jesus as well.
He stands four square behind that other Christian SNP activist, 'Holy Brian Souter' both vehemently anti labour ( we must be doing something right ) or is Brian behind Joe ? anyway is he right ? is the church right ?
It's worth remembering that the Church can be wrong, take Galileo for example, generally regarded as a guy with some smarts, he fell out with the Pope when he said that the Earth circled the Sun while the Pope said it was the Sun that circled the Earth because God created the Earth, this wasn't a philosophical discussion over a beer BTW.
Galileo was shown the latest torture methods and asked to reconsider which he did and concurred, as I said he had some smarts.
So does Old Joe still think that the Sun goes round the Earth ? (that was rhetorical in case anyone jumps on it) The Church was wrong then and it's wrong now.
The Bishops remarks are an insult to Christianity and to many, many Catholics, is it any wonder so many churches are now 'cash n carries' ?
Does he stop to think of the effect of such rabble rousing, does it ever worry him that someone might suffer physically because of his diatribe ?
The Catholic Church states that we should treat Gays with Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity, weasel words, insinuating something is wrong with them.
The Church will continue to be guilty of bigotry until it scraps this statement and replaces it with something much more simple like,
"Some people are gay some are not but, we are all equal"