As someone else who went through the Catholic school system (you can't avoid it in Ireland, they run pretty much every school in the country) I would agree almost whole-heartedly with that comment. Non-Catholics go to hell, that's what I was taught.
We never got any sex education, and the priests who ran our school told our science teachers not to teach us reproductive biology. Only one of the teachers did, and he nearly got fired over it. It would have been interesting to see what the priests had to say about abortion, but chances are we would have been suspended for asking.
I have nothing against religion. I think it's a fine thing, as long as it's not taken over-zealously. I know many good Catholics, and even have a close family friend who has entered the seminary.
The problem is, for a long time, the Church effectively ran this country through the fear of hellfire and brimstone. It might seem insane to someone from another country, but for a long time priest were both feared and revered in Ireland. It explains how both contraception and being openly gay were illegal until very recently in Ireland, and how decades of abuse were covered up with help from both the police and the government.
The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for in this country.
All organised religion ends up with people in power getting carried away and doing what in their delusional minds is best for their flock. Organised religion is about control, always was, always will be.
Oh, yes, I agree that it's very wrong for a religion to run a government. I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of separation of church and state. There's no need to impose religious beliefs on anyone living in that country who doesn't agree with you, and using fear tactics is (in my opinion) completely hypocritical of what religion is meant for. I can't believe stuff like that is still going on in a developed country. It's also surprising how much our teaching systems differed. I took a college level biology class at my high school that got into the nitty-gritty of reproductive biology and it was never questioned. Although they did tend to gloss over any teachings on contraception or just dispelled it as ineffective and evil. That part was quite similar.
It sounds like although we may disagree on that commenter, we agree on the underlying notion of what the real problem is: religion in itself isn't necessarily bad, but it's controlled by humans, who are flawed, greedy, hypocritical, controlling... the list goes on.
If it's of interest to you, I was researching the concept that "non-Catholics go to hell" and found this website operated by a religious tolerance organization: http://www.religious...rg/rcc_salv.htm It details the updated Catholic teaching from the Vatican, which aims for more inclusive attitudes and kind of replaces that old teaching. It sounds like what you were learning was very outdated... and skewed... which again supports the notion that anyone under the guise of religion can teach what they feel like, if they have that much control in your country.