Jesus laid down his life for his Bride--Holy Mother Church, but He didn't realise that She'd get stuck in a time warp and become irrelevant in the late 20th century. Kerry Kennedy (daughter of Bobby) has a newsflash for the Messiah: the Church has overstepped its bounds with all that complicated talk of sin. In case one was worried about her credibility (um, Kerry's) she shares common ground with Cokie Roberts, Anna Quindlan, and Nancy Pelosi. (Whew!) In fact, she's so sure of her own bearings that she's declared the Church's very "words and symbols" anathema -- tricky!
Kennedy said she is at odds with the church hierarchy over many issues - abortion rights and women's ordination among them. Her views do not make her extraordinary; polls suggest that an overwhelming majority of American Catholics support women's ordination and that American Catholics reflect the general public's split over abortion.
Kennedy is divorced from Andrew Cuomo, but said her divorce has not been an issue for her in Catholicism because she has not remarried; however, she said, she considers the debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights, such as her uncle Senator Edward M. Kennedy, should be allowed to receive Communion "a terrible mistake" by "a few wayward bishops."
Now what good is the Church? They all agree that it serves one over-riding purpose: "a sense of spirituality and community and concern for justice." NOTE: a sense and a concern. Not exactly bedrock. The actual teachings and authority would be part of the anathema part, I'm guessing. If we could just jettison those annoying things, the good feelings could carry us forward towards a heaven of our own making. Bad pope! Bad commandments!
No one defends the priest scandal, and yet the essence of that tragedy -- lying about dignity and undermining purity -- is now carried forward by these pseudo-catholics in different forms. If raping children under the guise of "priestly authority" was bad, Kerry, so is support of fornication and murder in the name of "spirituality" and "concern." If you thought Cardinal Bernard Law abdicated his episcopal responsibilities by giving a pass to wayward priests, would you be content for Cardinal Sean O'Malley to exercise his by removing your right to teach CCD? Audacious, but tired, worn, and predictable.