The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.Â Adrian TippettsÂ gives his view of the debate.
During the two-hour showdown, organised by Intelligence Squared at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, Hitchens and Fry mercilessly and articulately lambasted the church for its record of homophobia, child abuse and anti-semitism, as well as its stance on contraception.
Christopher Hitchens wasted no time in living up to his reputation as a bulldog debater: â€œOn the institutionalisation of rape and torture, the maltreatment of children in their care, [the current pope] Joseph Ratzinger said: â€˜It is a very serious crisis which demands us in the need for applying to the victims, the most loving pastoral care.â€™ Well, Iâ€™m sorry, they have already had that.â€
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