Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Pope causing Carla to lose her faith...

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Carla Bruni is so upset with the Pope's stance on condoms and Aids in Africa that she has begun to lose her faith, telling a French women's magazine:
"I was born Catholic, I was baptised, but in my life I feel profoundly secular. I find that the controversy coming from the Pope's message – albeit distorted by the media – is very damaging. In Africa it's often Church people who look after sick people. It's astonishing to see the difference between the theory and the reality. I think the Church should evolve on this issue. It presents the condom as a contraceptive which, incidentally, it forbids, although it is the only existing protection."
It's perhaps testament to this bizarre marriage of celebrity and political power that I was at first inclined to adopt a sneering stance - "The Pope's turning Carla Bruni atheist - in the modern world, that's a pretty seismic theological event" – but then I realised that the First Lady of a predominantly Catholic country had publicly criticised the Pope, which actually is a big deal.


Danny Boy, FCD said...

I wouldn't call France a "predominantly catholic country". It's like saying that Scandinavia is a predominantly Lutheran region. Yes, perhaps according to baptism records, but France (and Scandinavia) is a very secular country with a history of freethought and anti-clericalism. What surprised me is that Bruni was religious in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Well, historically France was pretty Catholic since that was the cause of a few wars with us over it.

Stephen said...

I think it is an interesting situation that a model, turned singer, turned First Lady of France can make an informed view on a deeply held personal subject and seemingly avoid any embarrassment to the Government and launch a wider debate on a deeply divisive issue - in any country.
As for the debate itself, it's not just the Channel that divides us; it's our attitude to grown up debate in society - which I long for after this Daily Telegraph inspired frenzy over Luncheon Vouchers and pet food.
Now that we have a new Roman Catholic cardinal in position, perhaps some interesting issues will be raised in the coming months.