Letters on the Pope

April 13th, 2005 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, religion | 2 Comments »

Unholy criticism

I’m not a strict Roman Catholic, but I still find Ben Goldacre’s article (Bad Science, April 7) somewhat in bad taste. Being a scientist myself, I agree that the stance of the Vatican on issues such as contraception, HIV and family planning is indefensible.

Furthermore, I believe that Goldacre is right to draw attention to this. However, the timing sucks. Could you at least have waited until he was buried before dancing on his body?
Mark Robinson
Shandong province, China

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Guy Garrud
Matlock, Derbyshire

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2 Responses

  1. Jason Hall said,

    August 25, 2005 at 3:16 pm

    Sorry, but just a little but important point. The Catholic Church didn’t use ‘dubious science’ but in fact LIED. Otherwise spot on.
    Jason Hall

  2. Richard said,

    December 2, 2005 at 1:06 pm

    So why are the Chatolic church getting involved with science and medicine anyway?

    Dont they have the whole God and afterlife to worry about?

    I mean, all the Abrahamic religions (Jews, Christians, Muslems etc etc) cant even agree on how many Commandments God gave them, depending on your flavour of religion, it can be 9, 10, 14 even 15.

    Now please correct me if I am wrong, but arent they all claiming that the same “Moses” got the commandments (statements) straight from their common God.

    So why are they worried more about things in this life, because if they got it wrong and are skimping on some of the rules God gave them, he will be sorely pissed off when they get to meet him later.

    Ofcourse, there is a bit of a get out clause, they can say that God plagerised the whole thing from the Egyptions (Book of the Dead), or the Sumerians a few thousand years before Abraham even came into existance.

    So given that “fact”, I still cant understand why these religions dabble in health care issues and why church (etc) services dont actually carry a health warning.