Thursday, 16 September 2010

Give the Pope a chance

CV Madeleine Teahan writes at the Channel 4 News website:

Tolerance does not equate to shouting "I agree" it means a willingness to say "I'm listening." Advocating a fanatical cacophony of "I disagree!" in order to drown out a new or different voice is profoundly intolerant, especially for the 4.3 million British Catholics who would like to hear.
The tired retort - "you should not have to tolerate intolerant views and the Pope is a homophobe and a misogynist!" -is often hurled back at those who advocate the Pope having a state provided platform.

If you prescribe to the latter view of the Pope I can only ask - as a young woman who detests homophobia, is appalled by misogyny and greatly admires the Pope - that you listen to what the he has to say.