Catholic Bishop says too much education is a bad thing.

People are so much easier to control when they’re dumb and illiterate. The heyday of the Catholic church, after all, was the middle ages. While still more influential and powerful than they probably should be, the Catholic church has had a harder time of it lately and it’s all the fault of those educated parishioners:

Bishop O’Donoghue, who has recently published a report on how to renew Catholicism in Britain, argued that mass education has led to “sickness in the Church and wider society”.

“What we have witnessed in Western societies since the end of the Second World War is the development of mass education on a scale unprecedented in human history – resulting in economic growth, scientific and technological advances, and the cultural and social enrichment of billions of people’s lives,” he said.

“However, every human endeavor has a dark side, due to original sin and concupiscence. In the case of education, we can see its distortion through the widespread dissemination of radical scepticism, positivism, utilitarianism and relativism.

“Taken together, these intellectual trends have resulted in a fragmented society that marginalizes God, with many people mistakenly thinking they can live happy and productive lives without him.

Awwwww. I feel so bad for the Bishop. All those damnable educated people and their stupid questions about Catholic dogma. I’ve always said that the cure for religion is more education. It doesn’t work in every case, but it works more often than not. Where it doesn’t eliminate belief in sky faeries it at least makes the believers much more moderate and reasonable. It’s interesting to hear a Catholic bitch about education for a change, though, as usually that’s the domain of Evangelicals.

11 thoughts on “Catholic Bishop says too much education is a bad thing.

  1. Skepticism and positivism and utilitarianism, oh my! I must pay a penance. And tear up my college diplomas. No book-learnin’ allowed!

    But the concupiscence…I ain’t giving that one up!

  2. OMFG! I am not happy !?!? or productive?
    How could I have been so wrong.  There must be a catholic church close by I can give my money to!  I am sure that will bring immediate consolation.

  3. Yeah, look where that book learning has got us so far.

    Imagine where we’d be if religion didn’t impede science for so long…..

    Pft.

  4. This was my favourite part: “Taken together, these intellectual trends have resulted in a fragmented society that marginalizes God, with many people mistakenly thinking they can live happy and productive lives without him.”

    Yes, how dare they even think about living happy and productive lives without the presence of an invisible man that does little else but remind them that they’re going to hell unless they beg him to forgive them because their ancestors ate some fruit.

  5. So? does this mean that William Michael is in contradiction with his own church?

    I mean, he (apparently) supplements his organic farming dollars with dangerous and troublesome “education”.

  6. To be fair, I think his problem is with what is being taught; I do not think he is saying that mass education itself is the problem.

    Either way, I disagree with his statement, I think most Catholics would. Catholicism is not an opponent of education, there are Catholic schools in many countries around the globe that attract Catholics and non-Catholics alike. You cannot take one person’s opinion and assume that everyone in the Catholic Church feels that way. I am sure that if you looked for them you might find some small number of Atheists who, for whatever reason, might make similar sounding statements about education; if you did, that would not mean that all Atheists feel that way.

  7. If it wasn’t for mass education, where would the bish and his cronies have gone for their young victims?

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