I will tip my hat to Cathcon, but with heavy heart. Bishop Hollis of Portsmouth is at it again.
This time he wants to legalise prostitution.
"If you are going to take a pragmatic view and say prostitution happens, I think there's a need to make sure it's as well-regulated as possible for the health of people involved and for the safety of the ladies themselves.
That's not to say I approve of prostitution in any way. I don't. I would be very much happier if there was no prostitution in Portsmouth or anywhere else because I do regard those involved in any way as involved in some form of immorality.
But it's going to be there whatever we do – it has been from time immemorial, so I think that's something we have to be realistic about."
I like the idea that something that has been around since time immemorial can suddenly, now we are in 2007, be sorted out.
This is the New Labour, Spirit of Vatican II, idea that changing things solves them; that novelty is a substitute for truth; that we, today, have solutions to all of the things which have plagued mankind since the Fall.
No hint from the Bishop that the problem might be rampant sexuality. No hint that people living well-ordered lives might act as examples to their neighbours. No hint that prostitution is both a sin itself and a cause of sin.
No mention of sin, actually.
In what morass have we sunk, and who has guided us there?