Wednesday, March 13, 2013
New Pope, Same Out of Touch Church
With this new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who will be called Pope Francis, the church has taken a large step forward toward the 14th Century, emerging, we hope from its more deeply medieval doldrums to a not so recent vintage. Francis has said, without equivocation, that he is traditional: against abortion, contraception, gay marriage, women in a more significant role and all the other hide-bound and ancient beliefs of a church that is falling apart before our very eyes. Does he favor pedophilia, which the church's old men seen to be sanctioning every day?
Francis is 76 years old, so he knows the ancient church first-hand and a guy his age isn't about to change much of anything. Too bad. The cardinals had an opportunity to grow into the 21st Century, but will now have to wait out a few more scandals, revelation of a few more overt corruptions and the growing discontent among women before anything is done. The clock is ticking, boys. Old boys.