Advising the Pope
By Andrew M. Seddon
The holy Father needs advice.
He must. He’s new to the job. Surely he needs someone to tell him how to make the Catholic Church relevant to the modern world, to drag it, kicking and screaming, out of the darkness of the Middle ages into the brightness of the enlightened twenty- first century.
And who better to advise him than a veritable horde of con- troversy-seeking journalists, well-coiffured television and movie personalities, disgruntled nuns and assorted Catholic dissidents, and various secular pundits? somebody has to tell the pope what american Catholics want... and surely what american Catholics want is what the Church should do.
After all, don’t surveys demonstrate that american Catholics favor a variety of progressive causes? shouldn’t the pope take up these banners of Western culture? isn’t it obvious by now:
– that western Catholics approve of same-sex marriage?
– that ordaining women is only fair and would help alleviate the shortage of priests?
– that abortion is desirable healthcare and acceptable national policy even if some politicians “personally disagree” with it?