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E.J. Dionne -- The best choice for pope? A nun

The media silly season prior to a conclave may have just reached its peak.

The media has been giving all kinds of silly advice to the cardinal-electors and the future pontiff, but E.J. Dionne's idiocy takes the cake.

In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.
A sister as pope could also resolve what might seem a contradiction in Catholic theology. More than Protestants, Catholics are profoundly devoted to the Virgin Mary — and few were as devoted as the late Pope John Paul II, who declared that Mary “sustains the spiritual life of us all, and encourages us, even in suffering, to have faith and hope.” A church for which the Blessed Mother plays such an important role should certainly be comfortable with female leadership.

While support for a stronger role for women in the church tends to be a “liberal” cause, many faithful conservatives also cite the work of nuns as reinforcing their devotion to the church — from the sisters who educated them in parish schools to the work of Mother Teresa’s religious order.
To even critique the writing of (e)EJ(it) is to give it more credibility than it deserves. It is infantile in the extreme.

That this is what passes for legitimate commentary is a paper such as the WaPo is all the evidence one would need to secure an indictment of irrelevancy.
*subhead*Stupidest thing of the day..*subhead*

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Sophia's Favorite said...

A woman as Pope might be a Marian figure...but unfortunately the Pope is Peter, not Mary, so, that's not really relevant, is it?

I mean, if the Japanese made a farmer Emperor it might be very auspicious in the eyes of Inari the rice-fox god...but the Japanese Emperor rules by ties to Amaterasu the sun-goddess, so why would they bother?

I submit that Dionne wouldn't have said anything that stupid about Shinto, a religion he must've had less contact with than he's had with Catholicism. Why do they only stop using their brains when talking about us?

Craig said...

This sounds like a great Eye of the Tiber news story.

elm said...

Papa=Mama. NOT!

Elizabeth said...

I couldn't bring myself to read the whole article. It was too pathetic. But what's REALLY sad is reading the comments at the end of that article on the WaPo site. Whew.

Armigerous said...

So now Dionne has retired from being a pundit and has taken a job as a vocational lunatic

Sophia's Favorite said...

"Vocational lunatic" and "pundit" are fields with a great deal of overlap—it's like molecular biology and biochemistry.

Also, Vocational Lunatic totally sounds like a band.

LarryD said...

I have a feeling that if they got their way, and a woman did become Pope, and it was someone like Mother Angelica, they'd be throwing hissy fits and spitting nails.

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