Today was the day the mask slipped and a la carte Catholics were left even more defensive than usual, when it turned out – surprise, surprise – the Pope is a Catholic after all.
It seems you can be a nice guy – well, nicer than the guy who came before you anyway – and you can spend a fortune on PR telling the world what a nice guy you are, but if you believe it’s okay to beat children, no amount of dignity will cover up the fact that you approve of child abuse.
So, with apologies to Bob Dylan, this one’s for you, Your Holiness.
You may be offended by what I’ve just said. Work away. You have my permission.
You may also ask what right I have, as a childless man, to condemn any parent for beating their children. Well, Il Papa is a childless man too – presumably – and, as it happens, the childless man he claims to work for once said it would be better that a person be cast into the depths of the ocean with a millstone tied around their neck than to be allowed to harm a child.
I know whose side I’m on.