I've always considered myself a quiet non-believer, because atheism as a public militancy seemed useless to me, but now I'm changing my mind. The reactionary insolence of the catholic church needs to be answered with the insolence of lively intelligence, of reason, of the responsible word. We can't let the truth to be offended everyday by the self-proclaimed representatives of god on earth, whose only real interest is power. The church doesn't care about the destiny of souls, what it has always pursued is control over the bodies. Reason can be an ethics. Let's use it."
JosÃ© Saramago, interviewed by Paolo Flores D'Arcais on the October 14th 2009 issue of "Il Fatto Quotidiano".