I feel a bit sorry for the Catholic Church. I’m not a organized religion man myself, in fact I would call myself an agnostic. However the pace of societal change seems to have outstripped there dogmatic approach to the world. The current row over gay adoption is an example of this. They are effectively blackmailing the government to grant their adoption agencies exemption from new laws banning discrimination against same-sex couples. Whatever your view on this I think its safe to say that long gone are the days when the church wielded the sort of power to demand this. Yet it leads to a bigger issue of their Catholic rights and beliefs. One wonders how far the government would push the issue if the central beliefs of different religions were involved….