Pope Bendict is currently on a tour of Mexico and Cube.
As a child I lived in Slovakia, a predominately Roman Catholic country. Many years later, I lived and taught at a university in Mexico for more than a decade. I have seen the abject poverty there alongside the immense wealth of the church.
In the following speech Stephen Fry has summarised everything I feel, and instinctively know, about the Catholic Church.
In October 2009, 2,500 people gathered at Westminster Central Hall, London for the Intelliegence Squared debate —"The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world". Speaking for the motion, Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdecombe MP. Speaking against the motion, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry. Presented by Zeinab Badawi and broadcast on 7 November 2009, on BBC World News.
Stephen Fry, Intelliegence Squared debate, Part 1
Stephen Fry, Intelliegence Squared debate, Part 2