Saturday, February 23, 2008

Catching up with Hilary White
  • On ‘gender’ and homosexuality or why I say ‘sex’ and leave ‘gender’ for language lessons.
  • On disestablishment. How did there come to be bishops in the House of Lords in the first place? Well, England used to be a Catholic nation, one of the most devoutly Catholic in Europe and it was founded, established and nourished by Benedictines, for the most part.
  • On end-of-the-world hysteria: I’ve never been much for the whole Marian-apparitions/apocalyptic prophecies thing. I remember someone I knew once getting quite het up about a TV programme about space aliens and the end of the Mayan calendar. She asked me what to do. (Why do non-religious people always think the Catholics know stuff that no one else knows?) I told her that you’re supposed to keep doing the next right thing; same as always.
  • Putting the RC priest underage gay sex scandal in perspective. As I’ve blogged before teachers have a worse track record.
  • No confidence: I don’t see why there can’t be a law that says if a government refuses to fulfil its election promises this ought to be grounds for a non-confidence motion.

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