Tuesday, September 28, 2010

That would be an ecumenical matter

One sees the warmth of fraternal affection flowing from the Scottish 'Episcopal' Church when you see the mural put up especially to greet the Pontiff. I'm sure that had he even noticed it, the wise professor would have seen it for what it is. The ill-informed, attention-seeking behaviour of the religious equivalent of the Lower Sixth.

"The Revd Canon Dr John Armes, rector at St John's Church, said he welcomed the Pope's visit, and said the mural was intended to add to the debate."

Aye, right.

The sad thing is, the gormless mural painter misses the point rather. Despite his treatment by the Inquisition, Galileo Galilei remained a devout Catholic. Copernicus, may or may not have been a priest. He was certainly a canon of Wroclaw cathedral. His theories were expounded before Clement VII and he was urged to publish his theories by Cardinal von Schonberg in 1536.

Perhaps St Mary's Cathedral at the other end of Princes Street could commission a counter-mural, if you like. I have a suggestion, below, given that two Catholic priests, Gregor Mendel and Georges LeMaitre have arguably done more to advance science than Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking (and a whole heap of others) put together.

The Catholic Church has a rather healthier regard for women than to portray them as greetin'-faced, rather anaemic-looking, pretendy-vicars, dunking wholegrain biscuits in an earthenware cup. We have the Mother of God as our model of womanhood.

Is that not enough for the Piskies?

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Blogger Elizabeth said...

I like that mural (yours I mean)

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder no one goes to their Churches.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

True enough, anonymous. There were more Catholics at the Bellahouston Mass during the Holy Father's visit than there are members of the SEC.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, though it did include our local pisky "Priest" as he calls himself. He told me he was there in a personal capacity, not an invitee. Intersting!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Left-Footer said...

Fine post, and sorry I missed it earlier.

Have you thought of doing one on the lies promulgated by Fox's "Book of 'Martyrs'"?

7:45 AM  

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