The contest of which statement, the Pope’s “no comment” or Cupich’s “bigger agenda” is the more tone deaf is a matter of personal perspective. What is becoming increasingly clear is the Vatican has no idea how to handle this present crisis it finds itself in.
The Roman Catholic Church does not need reforming. It needs a reckoning. And it must start at the top. Pope Francis should lead by example, take responsibility, and resign. Now.
Ross Douthat Should Do Something Else Instead
@RussellSaunder1 “So… this may be a tad too far”
The church expects the faithful to assent to its teachings, but as Douthat’s speculations show, the faithful are not always clear on where this teaching authority is actually exercised.
If President Carter is correct that the institution of the all-male priesthood contributes to sexism and the abuse of women, then it behooves the church, if not to change its doctrine on the priesthood, at least to acknowledge this unintended effect and work diligently to counter it.
Atheist writer Adam Lee compares the Roman Catholic hierarchy to an absolute monarchy and dictatorship, but this comparison fails to account for the role of established doctrine in the church’s teaching office.
A Christmas message concerning Pope Francis, political tribalism, and the coming year.
We’ve all heard about right wing backlash against Pope Francis. But what about backlash from the left?
When I look at the ways in which I believe revelation has taken place, I’m led to conclude that instilling clear certainty of meaning is not high on the Almighty’s agenda. God speaks and there is ambiguity.
Instead of telling atheists to convert, Pope Francis urged them to follow their own conscience so as to develop a contrite heart. His words have caused concern from within his flock.
Over at Vox Nova, I note an interesting subtlety in the pope’s new encyclical letter, which compares faith to both light and darkness and to both seeing and not seeing.
Asking questions is dangerous business. I have friends and acquaintances who, after completing an inquisition into their own religious beliefs, forsook their religion, kicked the dust from their feet, and hit the road for a stroll in the sun. You probably know such people as well. I know others whose questioning led them to embrace…