"A Pope Away From a Perfect Church?"
Liberal Catholics will be disappointed again
For decades, liberals within the Catholic Church and outside have hoped that a new Pope would “modernize” Church teaching on issues like contraception, female priests, and gay marriage. Chris White (PPE ‘09) and Anne Hendershott, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs write in Spectator that hopeful liberals will be disappointed again.
In “A Pope Away from a Perfect Church,” lead writer Chris White recalls the words of Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, who said that liberal Catholicism is “an exhausted project... parasitical on a substance that no longer exists.” Moreover, liberal Catholicism had shown itself “unable to pass on the faith in its integrity and inadequate to foster the joyful self-surrender called for in Christian marriage, in consecrated life, in ordained priesthood.”
White and Hendershott show how the Church remains vigilant in maintaining its identity in spite of mounting pressures from dissident groups. Pope Benedict, for example, appointed the conservative and media-savvy Timothy Dolan to Archbishop of New York. In Philadelphia, Benedict appointed Archbishop Charles Chaput, who defended Catholic identity in the face of devastating sex scandals.
Pope Benedict’s legacy, the authors conclude, will be of a Church more committed to Catholic truth.
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