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Hitch says Catholics lack conviction

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Fresh from vanquishing Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Ann Widdecombe, Christopher Hitchens reflects on his experiences of debating Catholics and Protestants around the world.

He says:

Usually, when I ask some Calvinist whether he is really a Calvinist (in the sense, say, of believing that I will end up in hell), there is a slight reluctance to say yes, and a slight wince from his congregation. I have come to the conclusion that this has something to do with the justly famed tradition of Southern hospitality: You can’t very easily invite somebody to your church and then to supper and inform him that he’s marked for perdition.

More to the point, though, you soon discover that many of those attending are not so sure about all the doctrines, either, just as you very swiftly find out that a vast number of Catholics don’t truly believe more than about half of what their church instructs them to think.

Photo: Christopher Hitchens speaks at The Amazing Meeting 5, known as TAM5, b in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2007 (FrogMiller)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

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