Booker Prize-winning author, Hilary Mantel, was raised a Roman Catholic and educated at convent school. However, the 59-year-old writer said child abuse scandals involving Roman Catholic priests demonstrated the “cruelty” and “hypocrisy” of the church. Asked if she would call for a priest on her deathbed, Mantel replied:

“No. I might very well call for a Church of England vicar, but I would not call for a Catholic priest. I’m one of nature’s Protestants. I should never have been brought up as a Catholic. I think that nowadays the Catholic Church is not an institution for respectable people.”

Well that means our beloved KJ can't become a Roman Catholic. But the rest of you ne'erdowells are still okay to join.


QUOTE OF THE DAY — 3 Comments

  1. It’s funny, ‘cuz it’s true.

    Respectability aside, I’m the grandson of a Church of the Nazarene (Wesleyan roots) pastor and sojourned with the Methodists for a while on my way to the Land Episcopal. I commented to my mother once, “I believe that I’ve climbed down the church tree as far as I’m able to go.”