“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent,” he said. “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently … the proposals must be more simple, we have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”
And that is the problem I have with conservative Republicans. In their dogma, every issue has the same priority or equivalent within their disjointed multitude of Christian values they want to impose on the sectarian subjects of Democracy.
By bundling all of their conservative arguments in a political bouquet of disjointed extremism, they leave no room for negotiation, compromise or resolution to their demands. If they focused on one issue at a time and had a Fabian approach to change, maybe over the long haul they’d have more success. Then again, maybe not. Their insistency of “my way or the highway” politics lost them the last presidential election and could lose them control of the House, if they are not willing to change their strategy.
By now Catholic Republicans should be fit to be tied. Regarding homosexuality the Pope said, “tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person.”
I wonder what kind of standing applause that remark will get at the Republican Convention in 2016!
Supporting a larger role for women in making Church decisions, the Pope said, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. Republicans will have a tough time with that. The only women they could run for President on their ticket would be Sarah Palin, but she is too busy shooting fish in a barrel in Alaska, one of Newt’s girlfriends or, depending how desperate they are, they could resurrect Nancy Reagan. Of course Nancy was President once already. It appears the Catholic Church might be emerging from the ashes of ancient fear of personal freedom to a more modern approach and tolerance toward all of mankind.
In doing so, it is slowly advancing from old world superstition to the new day when all God’s children will be free. They are also setting the tone for a more tolerant base and platform for the Republican Party of the future. If the Party doesn’t change, it could fall like a political house of cards.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.