After the cruel folly of the Pope's and Cardinal Pell's statements on condoms -- statements which lead to suffering and death -- we now hear Dr Phillip Jensen (Sydney Anglican Dean) partly backing up Pell, with the following qualification, according to the Sydney Morning Herald:
"In terms of adultery, in terms of divorce, in terms of grandchildren, yes we are in big trouble as a society because of the sexual revolution," he said.
"It came out of Virginia Woolf and that crowd (in England in the early 20th century).
"It's a century-long movement that has happened.
"In my view, it's a disaster. It has ruined lives. It is ruining our society."
The mind boggles -- Virginia Woolf? (Was Jensen perhaps traumatised by her works and her "lifestyle" as a student, like Sarkozy with his Princesse de Clèves?)
There's also a strange non-sequitur in the statement: "adultery... divorce... grandchildren"??? (Perhaps he was misquoted.)
But despite all the absurdity, it's ultimately not something to joke about, since it entails the potential suffering of so many people.
John adds: with the Catholics and the Anglicans, the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree...