I know it's an obvious gag but someone's got to make it:
Apparently the Catholic Church is concerned that new employment equality legislation will stop them discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgender people when appointing clergy and lay staff - funny I thought they had being doing some pioneering work in that field for centuries ...
But there is a serious side to this - the extent of Catholic bigotry is evident in the Pope's denunciation of the legislation as violating 'natural law'. As happened with the adoption by gay couples issue, doubtless the church will claim some sort of special dispensation .
To accept such an exemption would make a travesty of equality rights - belief in the supernatural cannot be used as a get-out-of-jail-card: 'Sorry your holiness I thought you were just a common or garden reactionary old bigot but as I see you claim divine inspiration for your discrimination that's a different matter altogether - carry on'.