Jose Saramago’s Book Won’t Offend Catholics Because “They Don’t Read The Bible”

October 20, 2009

Portugal (ChattahBox) – Jose Saramago has caused controversy once again, after the 86-year-old Nobel Prize winner spoke out during a conference about his new book, ‘Cain’.

“The Bible is a manual of bad morals (which) has a powerful influence on our culture and even our way of life. Without the Bible, we would be different, and probably better people,” he said of his inspiration for his new book, which is a satirical and cynical look at the story of Cain, the eldest child of Adam and Eve, who kills his younger brother, Abel, in the book of Genesis.

When asked if he was worried about offending the Catholic Church, he replied that he didn’t worry “because Catholics do not read the Bible, and that “It might offend Jews, but that doesn’t really matter to me.”

Members of the Catholic Church have already spoken out, accusing Saramago of using his statements to gain publicity for his new book.

“A writer of Jose Saramago’s standing can criticize, (but) insults do no-one any good, particularly a Nobel Prize winner,” Father Manuel Marujao said.



One Response to “Jose Saramago’s Book Won’t Offend Catholics Because “They Don’t Read The Bible””

  1. neo on October 20th, 2009 12:23 pm

    Its sad, but most Roman Catholics don’t read the bible.

    Why would they? They aren’t allowed to interpret it. You can ask questions, but you have to accept the answer from the clergy. So if you are always wrong why bother?

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