HOW LONG IS FOREVER?

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Is it possible for men of the cloth to speak with any relevancy about faith?

Catholic bishops, for example, so quick to make moral judgments on all things sexual, have been strangely quiet about revelations of Donald Trump’s sexual assault of women. “The silence,” said the Rev. James Bretzke, a theologian at Boston College and a Jesuit priest, “is deafening.”

At the same time studies show that white Catholic women are far less likely (38%) to vote for Donald Trump than white Catholic men (58%). As one Clinton supporter said, “We are voting for a president, not a pope.”

Now comes along Pope Francis to reaffirm that women will never, never become priests. “Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, it stands,” Francis said.

Here’s My Take: I see the Pope’s dogmatic plight. No doubt women bishops would remain far less silent than their male counterparts in addressing sexual abuse.

Forever, however, is an awful long time, even for the Catholic Church.

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