The pope warns against secular values. What does he mean? I just heard a discussion on the wireless, in which three participants pleaded ignorance, while a fourth interpreted it as materialism. Erm … a warning against materialism, coming from someone so fabulously rich the Vatican’s treasures make Harrods look like a 99p shop? Yeah, right.
He has every reason to be upset. Secular values are doing big damage to his Church through most of the developed world. Specifically the central secular values of open information and enquiry, combined with that of child protection, are displacing the centuries-old deference to God’s Ministers. What’s worse, having determined that we no longer automatically accept that the Father is right in whatever he does, the nasty secular world is backdating it a generation and blaming the church for ancient practice and custom. I guess that’s the evil inherent in having a now-adult generation grown up with the late-20th-century secular values of Human Rights.
(Image from the Telegraph. Sorry I only have the image URL, not the page it’s in, so I don’t even know if they published a caption with it).
Oh, and in another story of possibly-secular values, two men just got convicted for selling sperm over the ‘net. Hats off to them: I really can’t imagine performing into a modem myself!