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    He gets a lot of flak for being a hypocrite - that he says nice things and doesn't change doctrine.  I don't think it matters.

    Catholic hospitals still won't do abortions, and Catholic schools may still fire gay teachers.  Those are big, big problems, and we shouldn't give up on them.

    But Catholicism is a lot bigger than those institutions run by the Church.  It's primarily a common moral center for a billion people around the world.  And people look to big ideas, not minutiae of doctrine.  The big idea is that Francis keeps saying Catholics should stop shunning gay folks or atheists and work more to help the poor.  That will give Catholic parents what they need to accept their gay children, and keep donations out of the pockets of anti-choice politicians.  And it gives cover to the many, many Catholics who support gay rights and contraception and all the rest, who will speak up more and more.

    This emboldens our friends and cows our enemies.  Church doctrine is still against divorce, but nobody cares.  These other issues may follow.

    •  Problem Is (0+ / 0-)

      the damage is already done.

      hypocritical, overly judgemental, patriarchal ravings over past decades by the catholic church and protestant churches resulted in our nation now being full of hypocritical, punitive bigots who think the answer to our social ills is more prisons.

      we're so far beyond the original teachings of Jesus, it's more or less impossible to get back to them.

      "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

      by Superpole on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:06:08 AM PDT

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