Annatar wrote:More than half a millenium of Catholic hegemony in Europe disagrees with you.
Leonardo Da Vinci disagrees with you, badly written novels aside.
Even today the Catholic nations of Europe are considerably worse off than their Protestant neighbors.
And Canada is considerably better off than the UK (HDI) where Catholicism is, by far, the plurality religion.
And France is considerably better off than the UK (HDI), where Catholicism is the majority relgion.
And Ireland is considerably better off than the UK (HDI), where Catholicism is, by far, the majority religion.
Me thinks you are full of it, friend.
It has nothing to do with being Northern European. Machiavelli despite being Italian recognised the destructive influence of the Catholic Church far more clearly than most people precisely because he lived directly near the source of Catholic corruption.
Replace the word Catholic with any other religion and you have an out-of-the-closet bigot. Just accept it, you are Milton re-incarnated. Not a bad thing, he was a talented guy and everything, he, to quote joe pesci, just didn't want his girlfriend "kissing nat king cole, if you know what I mean".