It seems 'obvious' to quite a few of America's old-school journalists that the Catholic bishops in this country elected a "conservative" president, instead of a compassionate, caring fellow who'd be understanding about what 'really matters' to Americans. Like same-sex marriage and the right of men to make their sex machines get an abortion.
I've discussed this before: In my view, practicing Catholics look "conservative" because our beliefs are least unlike the contemporary American conservative political philosophy.
Some of us even think we're "conservative." Some of us are.
I'm - despite the way I've been identified - not. I'm Catholic.
I seem to be quite conservative, because I am convinced that marriage should be between people of the opposite sex - but of the same species. (I also think that gerbils aren't "people," not like we are - and that's a different topic.)
I seem to be quite conservative, because I am convinced that killing innocent people isn't right - even if they're babies or old people.
On the other hand, I've been identified as one of those bleeding-heart liberals because I think it's not a good idea to kill someone: even if a judge and jury really want blood.
Confused? "Vague?" No: I'm Catholic.
So is the new USCCB president.
But, judging from decades of clueless coverage of things Catholic: I doubt that the American press will figure that out.
- "Catholic Leaders in America: Getting Uppity"
(October 26, 2010)
- "Natural Moral Law, Catholicism, Karma, and the Tea Party"
(October 16, 2010)
- "New Archbishop of Miami: Obviously Conservative? Obviously Liberal? No: Clearly Catholic"
(July 2, 2010)
- "Pedophile Priests, 'Evil Pope' and The New York Times"
(March 31, 2010)
- "Death Penalty, Life, and Being Catholic"
(October 5, 2010)
- "A 'Traditional' Catholic? Yes and No"
(July 31, 2010)
- "Conservative? Liberal? Democrat? Republican? No, I'm Catholic"
(November 3, 2008)
- "More Bad News for Obama 2012: Catholics Elect Dolan"
Massimo Calabresi, Swampland (A blog about politics and policy.), Time magazine (November 17, 2010)
- "New York prelate to lead bishops group"
The Washington Post (November 17, 2010)
- "Will abortion be an issue again?"
Tim Rutten, Opinion, Los Angeles Times (November 17, 2010)