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Every news channel has been obsessively following the selection of the next pope, whose policies will most likely be a carbon copy of the last pope. (“Meet the new pope, same as the old pope.”) Of course, it’s an open question whether even a radical new set of ideas at the top could sway the institutional inertia of the Catholic Church. Another question is whether any change will have an effect on the American Catholic Church, which seems wedded to the right wing and mired in lawsuits.

And finally, why should we care about the institutional rituals of a foreign entity that still considers “Americanism” to be a heresy? Let’s just say I’m in complete sympathy with Rob Sheridan, who added some much needed context to this CNN article:

Via Boing Boing

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