Tuesday, April 01, 2008

More Westminster strife in store

This from the news wires:

Catholicism ‘the engine of booze culture’

Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 April 2008, 00:28 GMT

Government ministers will come down hard on the Catholic Church after ministerial sources described the Catholic Church as one of the main drivers of Britain’s binge drinking culture. Senior Catholic officials and heads of religious orders are likely to be called before the Health Select Committee at Westminster to answer suggestions that the culture of Catholicism is responsible for a role in the issues associated with problem drinking.

A source close to the committee was quoted as saying “The Catholic Church is geared towards the encouragement of drinking and a booze culture. We would be particularly interested to question senior members of the religious orders who have interests in the drinks industry, particularly the Benedictines and the Carthusians. These are orders which rely for their existence on alcohol at a time when binge drinking is a scourge on our streets and a major cost in terms of health.”

The Benedictines have as part of their monastic rule, developed by St Benedict of Nursia in the 5th Century a provision for the drinking of up to a pint of wine a day.

A spokesman for AlcoholWatchUK, a campaigning group said “When one thinks that the Benedictines, with their association with alcohol, run some of the top private schools in the country, it really beggars belief that they should be in charge of children. Ampleforth, for instance produces cider and cider brandy. What kind of message does that send? The Catholic Church really does need to adopt a more responsible attitude”

One ministerial source claimed that the Christian liturgy lay at the heart of the problem “Given that Catholicism along with other Christian Churches has the drinking of wine at the core of its ceremonies, I think they should look long and hard at whether changes need to be made to that. This is not a problem associated with other religions – Islam being the obvious example.”

No date has been set for the Select Committee meeting as Parliament is currently in the Easter recess.

10 Comments:

Blogger leutgeb said...

I noticed a half price bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine in my local newsagent's bargain bin the other week.....

8:35 AM  
Blogger leutgeb said...

I have tagged you in an un date related way.

9:16 AM  
Blogger la mamma said...

And what's more, do you know that those Catholics only give up booze for Lent so that they can get drunk more quickly in Eastertide? Friday fasts for the same reason - less food inside, the quicker the effects of Friday night down the pub. And don't get me started on the Nuns - especially those with Blue habits...

1:53 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

It being past 12 noon, you did realise the date, didn't you?

2:06 PM  
Blogger Theocoid said...

Doh! You had me.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Very good Paulinus. BTW, I've tagged you too (different meme).

7:51 PM  
Blogger la mamma said...

Me? I didn't notice the difference! Tee hee - Well done!

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sad that our human race hasn't advanced much at all since the beginning of our existence.
We can go to the moon, communicate with others across the world in seconds, even teeter on the edge of world alienation, but we have yet not done away with pride. Humility and Compassion have not yet become part of who we really can be.
The once beautiful blue ball in the universe has become a garbage dump.
How sad.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Keep taking the tablets, anonymouse

5:21 PM  
Blogger Mrs Pea said...

I was totally taken in.

9:39 PM  

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