I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. I think that a great deal of my political and societal beliefs have come from the fact that I grew up in a fairly progressive parish, which had a strong sense of social justice. As a result of this I still identify as a Catholic, Mrsdave and I were married in Catholic church and we’ve chosen to have Buster Boy and the Troll Princess baptised. However, if I’m completely honest with myself, it’s probably more accurate to describe me as a religious agnostic, I believe that there is a God, but I don’t claim to be in possession of the universal truth. For every thing I like about the Catholic Church, there’s another thing I can’t agree with, but I enjoy the ritual, the sense of community and the place that the Church has in my identity.

Which is why Mrsdave thinks it’s hilarious that I want a plenary indulgence.
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Angry Catholics

The Vienna Cathedral Museum has stirred up a storm by choosing to display a painting depicting the Last Supper as a homosexual orgy. The museum has subsequently removed the painting after a barrage of criticism from Catholic groups around the world. The whole event reminds me of the furore over the Danish cartoons of Mohammed, except for one thing, no-one in the media seems to be damning these Catholic groups for complaining about the perversion of their religious iconography.

It seems that complaining about a depiction of a gay Mohammed makes you unreasonable and an enemy of free speech, while complaining about a depiction of a gay Jesus has nothing to do with censorship. As a Roman Catholic I find the subject matter of the painting distasteful, I also agree that a museum connected to a Cathedral is a stupid place to display a collection of this artist’s work. However, the difference in media coverage that these two similar events have received certainly highlights the media’s happy hypocrisy.