Ultimately, I am a pragmatist.
People occasionally say to me, “I don’t believe in divorce.” I respond, “Then I must not exist.”
In other words, you may not like divorce, but not believing in it is not one of the options. Divorce exists. Deal with it.
I’m not a fan of the papacy. I think that bureaucracies and hierarchies are bad for the gospel. I think they’re anti-gospel.
Nevertheless, I’m a realist. The Catholic Church is one-half of the world’s Christians, and that church has a pope. So, whether I like it or not, that one celibate dude has a lot of cultural cachet — how people see him will affect how they understand the religion that I practice.
Yes, I was cynical last week. Why is it huge news that a Christian leader paid his hotel bill? Shouldn’t that be the standard?