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Catholic apologists get a shoeing.

This is part 1 of an excellent 5 part video from the Intelligence Squared Debate with Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry debating Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdencombe MP on the topic “Is the Catholic church a force for good in the world?”

The boys get stuck into the church’s stance that condoms don’t help in the fight against AIDS and their treatment of gay and female priests whilst the apologists flop about offering only the nebulosity of spiritual succour.

Enjoy and be sure to check out the survey results before and after the debate. The answer to their question is very clear.

 Hur hur hur.

:D

3 comments to Catholic apologists get a shoeing

  • Watched the debate last night and enjoyed it!. Anne Widdecombe debates at primary school level and clearly can’t support her position. Hitchens and Fry are just superb, and the Archbishop exhausts his ‘friendly gentle’ stereotype rapidly.

  • Watched it yet again and I still find it astounding that John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdencombe can sit there and say what they did.
    Can they not hear themselves ? Is there some sort of disconnect in their heads where their voices don’t get transmitted into their ears ?
    It’s really hard to understand and accept that they’re serious and not just taking the piss.
    I couldn’t parody this if I tried.

  • “nebulosity of spiritual succour” — sounds like a homeopathic remedy….

    By all accounts (all the ones that matter anyway ;-) ) this was indeed a great debate. The YouTube clips appear to be heavily edited, so I’m hoping the official I-squared DVD will be more complete. Apparently it will be available for £10.

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