So it turns out the archbishop Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who has no problem stating that atheists are less than human was given an honorary doctorate in Christian letters by our local Catholic University. Nice. Try replacing "atheist" with "black" or "Jewish" and see how that works out for you Cardinal. He's a bigot plain and simple.
The University said that “Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor has worked with patient resolve and charity to heal longstanding divisions in the Church in Britain and around the world,” said Father Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University. “He has also consistently reminded Christians not only in Britain, but throughout Europe, of the pivotal importance of faith as the basis of all culture and urged them to bring their faith into public debates as the only true means of achieving the common good. Franciscan University is proud to honor Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor for his exemplary service to the Church and society.”
It took me a total of ten seconds and the use of google to find that in addition to being a bigot, he once decided that moving a pedophile priest to a different Parrish and continue giving him access to children was a fine idea. Doctors and therapists told O'Connor that the priest would molest again, but O'Connor decided that the power of Jesus would triumph and the molesting priest would be just FINE around more kid. Sick.
He also once fired a staffer for being gay, and said that condoms in Africa cause Aids.
If the Church had truly cared about the pedophile problem that it so clearly has, there would not be a priest working today that had a history of covering up the rape of children. But something tells me, that would leave a rather large number of positions to be filled around the globe.
So instead, we award them degrees and move them up the ladder of success.
And I'm the one that's less than human. Amazing.