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A dozen years after her return to Catholicism, Anne Rice, best known as the author of all those vampire novels, announced she has “quit being a Christian”.
She said on her Facebook page:
“In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.”
In an interview in today’s L.A. Times, she said there were several last straws that led to her decision:
There were some last straws that had to do with papal pronouncements, the pope going to Africa and declaring that condoms were not a good idea and would not help in the AIDS epidemic; the pope standing up in Portugal and saying that one of the most insidious evils faced by the world today is same-sex marriage. You know, we live in a world where genocide and human slavery are realities, and the pope chose to focus on same-sex marriage. That was a moment of, “What in the world am I doing connected to this religion?” But the real last straw, the very last straw, was the bishop of Phoenix, Ariz., Thomas Olmsted, coming out and publicly condemning a nun named Sister Margaret McBride for authorizing a life-saving abortion for a dying mother in a Phoenix hospital. What he said in essence was that she had excommunicated herself by authorizing the abortion, and I could write a book on why I think that was a ruthless and immoral decision.
[I voiced my comments on the nun, Sister Margaret McBride, on May 24th 2010.]
I have two questions for the Pope:
- If you were a poor man living in Africa and all your family was infected with AIDS would you still say a condom wasn’t a good idea?
- You said, and I quote, that “same-sex marriage is one of the most insidious evils faced by the world today.” Do you know any same-sex couples? I do. I’ve been in their homes, and there’s only loving kindness in them. What’s evil about that?
I believe that “one of the most insidious evils faced by the world today“ is the sexual abuse children have endured for generations from your priests.
Anne Rice, we the voiceless thank you for speaking out.