Wacky in the sense of closeted bigotry, that is.
So I watched an episode of the Australian TV Show Q&A yesterday on Youtube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1QHO…
It was Richard Dawkins discussing- what else?- religion with Cardinal Pell, a senior catholic leader in Australia. While Professor Dawkins was jetlagged, he did pretty okay.
The cardinal, though...
Let's just get to the juicy bits right away: Pell comments, when asked why god would reveal himself only to a small nation of illiterate shepherds, that "they were morally an intellectually inferior" to the Egypians and Babylonians, and that "...they still are."
Up until that moment, Pell had seemed halfway sympathetic: accepting of other viewpoints, insisting that atheists too can go to heaven (a direct contradiction of biblical dogma, but the catholics aren't really big on staying consistent). Liberal, accepting, though terribly ignorant.
But it gets better.
On the question of Jews, holocaust etc, Pell manages to say that "..the people who suffered the most historically were the Germans."
Eeeyup, the Germans.
Don't get me wrong, the Germans took a lot of shit, and if they had been treated humanely after WWI, we might not have had a WWII- but that's in no way comparable to the holocaust, or the centuries and centuries of jew persecution, egged on by the then boldly anti-semitic catholic church.
Really, catholic church? I mean, I know you're more or less responsible for most of the raging anti-semitism that eventually allowed for something as horrific as the holocaust in the first place, and I know you supported Hitler and hid nazis fleeing from retribution after WWII, but this is 2012. You're supposed to be just a LITTLE better than this.