Forget about the fun perspective of having the US President impeached. How about an RC attempt to excommunicate the Pope?
It’s not a joke. In a 20-page letter, conservative Roman-Catholics are trying to find ways to get rid of the Holy See. You should know that the proverbial Papal infallibility is merely a myth. But to try and dump the saintly Pontiff is new to me.
True, just after his election, this Pope reportedly said: May G-d forgive them for their choice. He’s been naughty from the start. But he’s also been moderate and humble. He’s not been the great reformer who left no stone unturned.
A few example of how he did not make progress:
- He did not declare that RCs are obligated to help baptized Jews to return to their undiluted Jewish roots and become proper Jews.
- He did not state that homosexuals must marry same sex partners and must be given preferential treatment for teaching, adoptive parenthood.
- He did not utter that every RC priest who cannot keep the celibate (which is 97% of the men) should get married and have children.
- He did not say that divorce is OK because the Jews teach us it is.
- He did not articulate that women can be priests as soon as women can be Orthodox rabbis (soon).
- He did not pronounce that the Church can learn from post-WW II Germany that real pride lies in disavowing, not denying, a past lack of resistance to evil.
- He did not claim that the real priesthood is to convert to Judaism.
This conservative revolt is a good lesson for those Jews who thought that centralized leadership of our religion would bring more unity.
The Vatican, though, has a time-tested method for dealing with dissidents. They just ignore them and wait for them to die — they all do.
So maybe the Jewish Talmudic method is better: let everyone argue everyone and include them all in one big community. Time will tell who was more right than others but argue we shall.