Pope Francis's comments and actions have sent the Opus Dei and right wing Catholics over the edge. Via Ed Kilgore we learn that no less a Holier than Thou Catholic that Pan Buchanan is urging his co-religionists to be more Catholic than his Holiness.
In his column, Papal Neutrality in the Culture Wars," Buchanan criticized the election of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. to Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Buchanan linked the election to the influence of the Pope's Apostolic Nuncio, who spoke at the conference before the election.
Buchanan is troubled because Archbishop Kurtz "has a master's degree in social work," and succeeds Archbishop Timothy Dolan, one of the leaders of the fight against the contraception mandate in the ACA."
[H]ere is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.Yes, God forbid the leader of the Bishops should have gotten a degree in social work. Whatever could social work have to do with the mission of the Catholic Church.
Pat then ramps up the rhetoric to (his own) 1992 Republican Convention speech levels (of which Molly Ivins famously said, "I liked it better in the original German"):
Our civilization is being de-Christianized. Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.Now the only remaining question is the following:
Bears: Is it really in the woods?