Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus gaviam

gull on papal chimney by Sam Jones, Guardian
Oh, and a pope, too, for the appropriate values of "we." Habent papam, so to speak.

Well. That didn't take very long. You gotta figure it will be more of the same. After all, CNS says of the new guy:
His homilies and speeches are filled with references to the fact that all people are brothers and sisters and that the church and the country need to do what they can to make sure that everyone feels welcome, respected and cared for.
Which is of course, great. But he doesn't seem to have spoken out on the abuse scandal, and they have to note that
Some controversy had arisen over the position taken by Cardinal Bergoglio during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship, which cracked down brutally on political opponents. Estimates of the number of people killed and forcibly disappeared during those years range from about 13,000 to more than 30,000.

Citing a case in which two young priests were detained by the military regime, critics say that the cardinal, who was Jesuit provincial at the time, did not do enough to support church workers against the military dictatorship.
They also note that
In 2010, when Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, Cardinal Bergoglio encouraged clergy across the country to tell Catholics to protest against the legislation because, if enacted, it could "seriously injure the family," he said.

He also said adoption by same-sex couples would result in "depriving (children) of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother."

In 2006, he criticized an Argentine proposal to legalize abortion under certain circumstances as part of a wide-ranging legal reform. He accused the government of lacking respect for the values held by the majority of Argentines and of trying to convince the Catholic Church "to waver in our defense of the dignity of the person."
So, yeah, "everyone feels welcome, respected and cared for" as long as they're certain kinds of everyone, not just any everyone.

So, you know, I wish the Catholic Church good luck. I wish the world more.


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