Good golly, Ms Polly

On 8 April, Polly Toynbee wrote an article in The Guardian condemning the unconditional genuflecting and mourning that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. She highlighted many of the atrocities that result from the actions and teaching of the Catholic Church, but which were conveniently set aside while the grieving, the unctuous and the plain curious flocked to Rome.

As I share many of her views on the subject, I wrote a brief e-mail to Ms Toynbee, commending her for a well written and courageous article. I didn’t request or expect a response, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got a (very) brief answer from her seven days later. I imagine she received an awful lot of mail after publishing a strongly opinionated article on such an emotive subject, so I would just like to commend her again for taking the time to reply. Nice one.

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