A Marxist author who once called the Catholic Church “one of the nastiest authoritarian outfits on the planet” will be speaking at the University of Santa Clara next month, according to the University’s website.
Author Terry Eagleton once reportedly wrote that “Religion has wrought untold misery in human affairs. For the most part, it has been a squalid tale of bigotry, superstition, wishful thinking, and oppressive ideology.”
He even flippantly called on Pope Benedict XVI to solve the child abuse scandal by holding “public ceremonies in which thousands of Catholic priests are forcibly, simultaneously married, as the Moonies do. Those who refuse to be married should be poisoned on the spot.”
At times, an author with controversial stances will be invited to speak at Catholic colleges about another topic altogether. Sadly, that is not the case here. Eagleton, according to Santa Clara’s website, will be discussing, “Why Is God for Christians Good for Nothing?”
The University’s Ignatian Center teases the upcoming lecture this way:
“Atheists tend to claim that God is entirely pointless, and so does the doctrine of Creation. Here, at least, is some common ground between Richard Dawkins and Pope Francis. This talk will try among other things to spell out why God is pointless and why this is the whole point about God. It will also seek to remind us that when we claim that God is good, we have very little clue as to what we are talking about.”
Eagleton, who was raised Catholic but reportedly said he no longer “would talk about myself as a Roman Catholic,” once accused Pope John Paul II of having “blood on his hands” for his refusal to endorse condoms as a way to prevent the spread of HIV. “The Pope goes to his eternal reward with those deaths on his hands,” Eagleton wrote in The Guardian.
He also scandalously said that Pope Pius XII “fervently supported the Nazis.”
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