A Roman Catholic bishop is backing a
campaign to legalise brothels after the Women’s Institute announced
that it supports the licensing of them.
The Right Reverend Crispian Hollis, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, has
voiced his support for the local branch of the Women’s Institute which
wants to legalise brothels.
He said: “If you are going to take a pragmatic view and say
prostitution happens, I think there is a need to make sure it’s as well
regulated as possible for the health of people involved and for the
safety of the ladies themselves.”
“That’s not to say I approve of prostitution in any way. I would be
very much happier if there was no prostitution in Portsmouth.
“But it’s going to be there whatever we do and it has been from time
immemorial. So I think that is something we have to be realistic about.”
His comments won praise from Rachel Frost, from the International Union
for Sex Workers.
“The bishop should be commended for having the guts to come out and say
that,” she said.
Another case where pragmatism is another word for moral insanity. “They are going to do it anyway”is not exactly a fundamental concept for moral theology.