Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A Little Close to the Bone?

Forget gay marriage, here's the real reason Andrew Sullivan is so upset about Pope Benedict XVI:
"We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires."
--Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Sound like anyone you know?


Anonymous said...

No. Why?

Dean Barnett said...

I also believe that in prior writings Cardinal Ratzinger has expressed an odd hostility towards individuals afflicted with sleep Apnea.

Liz said...

Oh, yes. Andrew Sullivan is the center of his own universe. All else simply revolves around him and his views, be they political, religious, or personal.

Aaron said...

Andrew Sullivan is a weird guy.

Steve said...

Andrew who??

ELC said...

Actually, when I re-read some of the homily yesterday, and got to the part you quoted, it suddenly became quite clear why Sullivan is so perturbed about the results of the papal election. :-)

Anonymous said...

Here is what Sullivan advocates: homosexuality, gay marriage, casual sex, drug use.
There is not a single Catholic Priest in the world who would believe Sullivan is not a sinner.

Anonymous said...

OK, kids, let's relax on the Sullivan bashing. He clearly sees the CC as susceptible to the same transformation from current doctrine to his own views, as, say, the American South's transformation from Jim Crow to the Voting Rights Act.

I understand that many may not agree with this, and I would suggest to Sullivan that it's an untenable position to identify as Catholic.

But...he's trying. I think his conclusions are flawed but he still appears to want to agitate from the inside, as a self-defined Catholic. This position (as flawed as it may be) is far more respectable than leaving the Church.

This reminds me of Sullivan's rejection of the dominant queer theory and tendency to promote traditional assimilation while still being a "gay spokesperson" (albeit a lonely one ideologically)

From a practical perspective, I'm willing to cut him yards of slack as a result of he pre-war courage.

Jason O.

cceaton said...

Regarding the last comment, that is, the one most sympathetic to Sullivan's goal (whatever that is) -- susceptible on what basis, precisely? Okay, that's not exactly fair, this is just a comment area after all. Let me put it this way, why is it necessary to feel sympathetic with Sullivan's desire to change himself to accord with the Catholic Church and its doctrines, er, sorry, his desire to rectify Catholic doctrine with himself (self-defined!)?