The video below is Stephen Fry, an actor and writer, giving the Catholic Church a most thorough dressing-down. Sort of like what St. John's did to Duke the other night, only while Duke had a bad night, the Catholic Church has had a bad millennium or so.
I've watched the video once. I don't have time to watch it repeatedly and dissect it, but my initial reaction was a positive one. Thinking more about it, I'm going back and forth. Some comments around the Internet say Fry sounds like the hysterical one, not the Catholic Church; others say the opposite.
I appreciated what sounded to me like a reasonable, if not pointed, case against the Church. Which saddens me, but we can't act like the Church hasn't made grave mistakes.
However, those mistakes aren't what I want to highlight. Agree with Fry or not, I was impressed—and at the same time, humbled—by the humility, balance, and fairness with which he introduced his statement. He said,
"... I do not believe that, to put it at its mildest, the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world ... But I want first of all to say that I have no quarrel and no argument, and I wish to express no contempt, for individual devout and pious members of that Church. It would be impertinent and wrong of me to express any antagonism toward any individual who wishes to find salvation in whatever form they wish to express it. That, to me, is sacrosanct as much as any article of faith is sacrosanct to any one of any church or any faith anywhere in the world. It is also very important that I have my own beliefs ..."
Fry goes on to list some of his beliefs: That it's all about this eternal journey to find morality, or something along those lines. Which is really admirable and noble, but I'm not sure it's possible. When I lived like that, it just made me arrogant.
However, I don't believe that the answer is confessing my sins to a man, righteous may he be, and hailing Mary. No ... life, for me, has become mind-blowingly simple: I accept that we're all just amazingly imperfect people, and so I laugh when I try to be perfect, and remember that life's really just about love.
Anyway, I'm curious what others' thoughts are on this Stephen Fry/Evil Catholic Church thing. Just drop them in the comments. I'm not looking to spark a yelling match here, or anything of the sort, and ... I don't know ... maybe nobody will have much to say. But I'm curious what you think, and I hope we can have a little discussion about it.
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