The Catholic Church Could Do So Much Better… But It Won’t

Herb Silverman, founder of the Secular Coalition for America, doesn’t think that the Catholic Church will change much under a new Pope, but he holds out a bit of hope:

Herb Silverman

How much faith do I have that the next pope will be significantly better than the current one? Not much, because Benedict appointed more than 57 percent of the cardinals who will choose his successor. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic, but only because the papal improvement bar is set so low.

If Catholics choose to be counseled about marital or sexual difficulties by celibate priests, that’s their right. But I’m amazed by a church that opposes both abortion and condom use that reduces the number of abortions; that requires celibacy before marriage, yet opposes masturbation, which makes it easier to remain celibate; that requires married women to be fruitful and multiply regardless of circumstances, but prevents church leaders from being fruitful and multiplying; that encourages monogamous marriage to avoid promiscuity, yet opposes monogamous marriage for committed gays.

Right on. If the next Pope really wanted to have a serious impact on the world, he could start by reversing so many of the damaging positions currently held by the Church faithful.

In other words, the Church is screwed.

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