Hooray! Thanks! Now Get Lost!

For Americans bewildered by the mercurial ingratitude: This might be a good time to contemplate the lesson of Palm Sunday and Good Friday. For our fallen race, it’s never a very great distance from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify!” I’ve learned that myself this year, watching a great Pope become the object of contempt by pro-war Catholics who can’t merely disagree with him, but feel the overwhelming need to heap scorn on him and call him a sycophant of tyrants. God grant good Pope John Paul the reward that fickle men deny him in their spiritual poverty. For some Catholics, the real motto is “We have no king but Caesar!”