In pastoral terms, the document published today by the Synod of Bishops represents an earthquake, the “big one” that hit after months of smaller tremors … While defending the traditional teachings that reject divorce and gay marriage, the synod said the modern church must focus more on the “positive elements” in such relationships, rather than their shortcomings, and open a patient and merciful dialogue with the people involved. The ultimate aim, it said, is to use these “seeds” of goodness to bring people more fully into the church.If you are a winger, clearly this document is devastating. Cats and Dogs living together Gay folks being treated decently. Here's the reaction from Popular Sovereignty advocate Maggie Gallagher:
I hope to respond intellectually to the synod report. Tears right now are streaming from my face, and it is not about objections to welcoming gay people. There is something more profoundly at stake for me. Is this me? In the corner? [i.e., losing her religion]Gallagher, back in the heyday of the state level gay marriage constitution amendments, used to be quite comfortable with the idea using a popular vote to determine the civil rights of minority groups. If the people voted for a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, what can you do? The people voted and momentum is on your side. But that was 10 years ago. Things change - so does momentum.
With that being said wingers who are dissatisfied by the new Pope can bitch and moan and cry and carry on all they like. What does this Pope really know anyway? Other than being God'[s rep on Earth, who care what this guy thinks?
When you think about it, North America Right-wingers have a clear alternative to Papist Tyranny - defect and become a Mormon. The Mormon religion was designed expressly for the new world just as capitalism is taking off. Who needs all the bullshit from the Old World and its stupid rules made up by a bunch of people who lived like a million years ago. Its like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough just change sides.