India Knight had a great piece, three years ago on why she had let her Catholicism lapse:
Like many of my generation, I could hardly be described as a good, or even decent, Catholic, but I’d managed to hang on in there, in the vaguest way imaginable.
Vague because it’s hard to pay lip-service to a faith that you feel hates you; a faith that would rather let you die in childbirth than have an abortion, won’t let you take the contraception necessary to prevent said abortion, hates gay people despite having many homosexual priests; a faith that talks ignorant nonsense about HIV and Aids, that would rather watch people die in Africa than let them use a condom; a faith that is unbelievably slow to say sorry about the fact that some of its members are habitual rapists of children.
My thoughts exactly. This Pope has been an unmitigated failure, with his reign characterized by cover-ups, even rewarding, of priestly pedophilia, foolish resistance to contraception by a Pope who has never raised a child or had to worry about where his next meal would come from, publicly inveighing against homosexuals while continuing to secretly hire them into the priestly ranks … one could go on.
The only positively radical thing Benedict XVI has done in his entire Papacy is to resign. Time for a Pope ready to live in the 21st Century.
To a gay man living in 20
1013, the Catholic Church Vatican I see and read about is an abomination.