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April 11, 2005

Is the Pope Catholic?

I have been awestruck by the millions of people who honored the Pope as he lay dying and at his funeral. The litany of works he did for peace and justice, from his early priesthood days through his papacy, does not have to be repeated here. In my mind, here was a holy man, viewed by Catholics as the representative of Jesus on earth. He was called "Holy Father" for good reason.

At the same time, I have been puzzled by the outpouring of criticism of this man. Many believe he should have "relaxed" Church laws concerning divorce, birth control and homosexual marriage (as a lapsed Catholic heterosexual divorced former user of birth control of various sorts, I also believe gays could be married).

Some have said that if the Pope wants to see the Church thrive in the United States, then he would have to allow these things. How so? It isn't like changing the laws of fasting, or not eating meat on Friday. Some of these things are articles of faith. The Church holds life dear, and marriage is a sacrament.

There are many problems in today's Church, as well as all faiths. But to change the tenets of the faith, "bringing it into the 21st century," would the Pope then be Catholic?

Posted by Gadflygirl at April 11, 2005 09:57 PM


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