Monday, December 02, 2013

Pray For Them

The Roman Catholic Church has been "outmarketed" on the issue of gay marriage. This was the assertion made by New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press." Father Dolan also maintains the church has been "caricatured as being anti-gay." So really it's just a bad marketing plan that's keeping the Catholic Church from spreading its message that gay marriage, while an abomination, isn't really that bad after all. He said the church supports "traditional marriage and is not "anti-anybody," adding, "When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it's a tough battle."
Political opinion-molders from Hollywood? How could any good Catholic stand up to that? That's how gay marriage became legal in Illinois, no doubt. Like those Hollywood-types who say things like, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?" Oh. Wait a moment. That was the Pope. The political opinion-molder Pope.
Actually, that may be the least caricaturish statement the Church has issued in years. Francis from Hollywood seems to be willing to concede that the edicts issued in Leviticus may not be fully applicable to the twenty-first century. Those admonitions against shellfish, for example. Thanks to the miracle of refrigeration, we can even buy oysters in months with the letter "R." Unless those refrigerators are the work of the devil. Or Steven Spielberg. Or maybe Steven Spielberg is the devil. Steven supports gay marriage, so it's entirely possible.
But these are just caricatures, after all. To truly understand one's faith, it is important to look inward. Or get a really great PR team together. Where is Don Draper when you really need him?

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