Prominent Catholics call on pope to oust S.F. archbishop - SFGate:
I have come to the conclusion that nobody born after 1960 and raised "Catholic" has the slightest idea of what this 2000 year old religion is about. The "Vatican II" Catholics are not in any significant way different from contemporary Episcopalians.
The archbishop has had the gall to assert actual Catholic teaching rather than "pastorally" just going along with the flow. He describes things as "gravely evil" that are described in these words in, guess what, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. This makes him "divisive and intolerant" and the kids don't like him. He's not "true to our values and your namesake."
His crime: he's not a mirror of San Francisco culture. And as for someone like St Francis of Assisi, these folks have only a cartoonish and sentimental bird-bath notion of a really quite medieval and very Roman Catholic saint, one of whose constant attitudes was absolute compliance with the hierarchy. His famous Canticle of the Sun ends with the line "Woe to those who die in mortal sin!" He was galactically distant from Franco Zefirelli's hippie.
And among his other crimes, apparently His Grace turns a deaf ear to (notice the caps) "our Retired Priests."
How are these people different from a populist version of Henry VIII, who reduced the Church to a department of the civil government and English culture?
I may not practice the Faith anymore, but I sure as hell know what it is.
The Tolerant find the archbishop intolerable.
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