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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday 2 February 2005

Pope hospitalised

The Holy Father has been rushed to hospital in Rome, suffering from respiratory difficulties.

Whilst I have sympathy for him as a fellow human being, I find it difficult to muster much enthusiasm that he will recover sufficiently to lead the Roman Catholic Church for a great deal longer - he has undountedly been one of the most reactionary Pontiffs of recent times, with rather too many attempts to influence secular policy being plausibly laid at his door, whilst presiding over an organisation that wilfully ignored and even covered up too many of the most flagrant abuses against children, perpetrated by some of its spiritual representatives in numerous countries.

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