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April 04, 2005

Pope John Paul II and the Marxist Professor.

So Terry Eagleton (who is, as the paper points out, professor of cultural theory at Manchester University)  decides to violate one of the little cultural rules with which we burden our society, that one does not speak ill of the dead in that small period between their death and their burial. Not too much of a surprise that an avowed Marxist would rip into one who did so much during the downfall of that evil system of governance of course.
His case would make a little more sense if he actually knew anything about the Catholic Church, rather than the knee jerk rubbish he spouts.


The Catholic church had lived through its own brand of flower power in the 60s, known as the Second Vatican Council; and the time was now ripe to rein in leftist monks, clap-happy nuns and Latin American Catholic Marxists. All of this had been set in train by a pope - John XIII - whom the Catholic conservatives regarded as at best wacky and at worst a Soviet agent.   

Pope John XIII. 965 to 972.
Pope John XXIII 1958-1963.

Almost exactly a millennium out of touch, which appears to be all you need to know about the professor of cultural studies.

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Come on Tim, surely you remember how liberal/progressive John XIII was. If only he'd lived a few years longer, the time spent in purgatory for masturbation would've been halved.

Posted by: Blimpish | Apr 4, 2005 10:02:01 AM

You want to tell me, that there were no Soviet agents in the 10th century? The Soviets were pretty sneaky, you know!

Posted by: lemuel | Apr 4, 2005 10:22:47 AM

Devious, they plot for generations you know

Posted by: Elaib | Apr 4, 2005 12:15:35 PM

I didn't know we had a Pope. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek | Apr 4, 2005 1:15:17 PM

Terry E should stick to long winded and horrible books about literary criticism. He's the swine he have to thank for the horrendous stuff we have to write about on our Literary theory course here at uni. Damm you Eagleton!

Posted by: dave t | Apr 4, 2005 3:55:01 PM

"Literary theory" hehe, you'd better start practising "You want fries with that?"

Posted by: Rob Read | Apr 5, 2005 8:24:44 PM

Oi Rob no! Its the film and media students that learn that phrase...not the student teachers! (And RAF navigators...)

Posted by: dave t | Apr 5, 2005 9:26:37 PM

I found it rather sad that Terry had written that; people who know him here almost unanimously think of him as eccentric but lovely. The article was nonsense, of course, though I suspect the confusion of John XIII and John XXIII may simply have been a typo. There are far better things to take issue with there.

Hello, by the way. Found this via Eamonn Fitzgerald.

Posted by: Greg | Apr 11, 2005 2:27:12 PM