All that has changed: CU is now as hidebound and ethically moribund as the rest of the mainstream Catholic world. AIDS cut a swathe through a generation of gay seminarians, and we saw how that whole Marxist thing played out post-Reagan/Bush. Now the Church spends its time and money stomping on gay rights and paying off women impregnated by priests, though the Franciscans draw the line at ensuring good medical care for the priest's children when they need cancer treatment. I have a few friends who became priests, and they seem like decent guys, but I knew many nuns who were brilliant, dedicated women working for what was once quaintly called social justice. Some of them left the Church, and I've lost track with almost all of them.
But I thought of them while reading Dowd's piece. Accusing the Catholic Church of being and amoral is like accusing Maine of being cold in the winter. Here in my adopted state the Church has taken in over a quarter-million dollars in second collections at Sunday Mass. To help the homeless, or pay for fuel assistance for those in need?
Why, no. It's to fight gay marriage downeast — which, I can tell you, is a far lesser threat to folks in Maine than poverty and unemployment. Too bad all those aging nuns can't storm the gates of the Vatican or, failing that, quietly organize a distaff takeover of the Church. It might take women a long time to clean up the mess left by men in power, but hey, we're used to it.
To counteract the sour taste left by communion wine, Gary Leib's jazzy one-minute animated tribute to the isle of Manhattan.