Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dawkins till katolska kyrkans försvar?

Nej, inte nu - då han kräver påvens arrest - men för inte så länge sedan skrev han följande rätt märkliga passage i sin bok "The God Delusion".

"Priestly abuse of children is nowadays taken to mean sexual abuse, and I feel obliged, at the outset, to get the whole matter of sexual abuse into proportion and out of the way. Others have noted that we live in a time of hysteria about paedophilia, a mob psychology that calls to mind the Salem witch-hunts of 1692… All three of the boarding schools I attended employed teachers whose affections for small boys overstepped the bounds of propriety. That was indeed reprehensible. Nevertheless, if, fifty years on, they had been hounded by vigilantes or lawyers as no better than child murderers, I should have felt obliged to come to their defence, even as the victim of one of them (an embarrassing but otherwise harmless experience).

The Roman Catholic Church has borne a heavy share of such retrospective opprobrium. For all sorts of reasons I dislike the Roman Catholic Church. But I dislike unfairness even more, and I can’t help wondering whether this one institution has been unfairly demonized over the issue, especially in Ireland and America… We should be aware of the remarkable power of the mind to concoct false memories, especially when abetted by unscrupulous therapists and mercenary lawyers. The psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has shown great courage, in the face of spiteful vested interests, in demonstrating how easy it is for people to concoct memories that are entirely false but which seem, to the victim, every bit as real as true memories. This is so counter-intuitive that juries are easily swayed by sincere but false testimony from witnesses."

Sid 315-16 i The God Delusion.

Jag misstänker dock att det är en typ av "försvar" som den katolska kyrkan betackar sig för!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But remember the the Catholic Church, especially via the current Pope pretends that is the only bastion against the various relativisms in the world, and that it is the ONLY source of Truth in the world.

Plus Catholic priests are supposed to be Icons of Christ, and therefore exemplary, even superior beings. This idea is promoted by George Weigal for instance.

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