THERE IS PROBABLY NO GOD.
NOW STOP WORRYING AND ENJOY LIFE.
This encouraging message is now appearing on London buses, and will be extended to a further 600 buses in the provinces. The secular humanist campaign strongly supported by Professor Dawkins and the British Humanist Association is reported as having raised £140,000 since October.
It is a strange message, given that secular humanists vigorously base their case on the purity of empirically established truth. Many recent studies have shown that actively religious people tend to be happier, to worry less and to have a longer life expectancy than the average.
Does the condition known as “Catholic guilt” still exist? It used to be spoken about much but, in my experience guilt, (by which I mean a general disposition rather than facing up to our actual failings) seems be a pretty widespread condition of humanity. I hardly ever hear the phrase “Catholic guilt” used nowadays. Am I right? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
(Just a little reminder of those happy times.
From Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History, by Charles E. Curran, 2008 – with some elision, for brevity.
“ In everyday Catholic teaching, e.g., Fr Gerald Kelly SJ, Modern Youth and Chastity,1941, all sins of impurity, even internal sins of consenting to slight sexual arousal, are always mortal sins.”
No wonder we crossed roads carefully in those days.)