The Washington Post, with a column by R. Scott Appleby, has graced us all with yet another token of their concern. They are advising the Catholic Church how to select the next Pope! Awww! Isn't that just, well, special??? Kinda makes one wonder how the Roman Catholic Church managed to survive these two thousand years without the wisdom of the Washington Post to guide her paths!
He thinks it's time for an American pope. Appleby asserts that an American pope would not have been advisable at the last election eight years ago. Why? Because the rest of the world was "too resentful of America’s global footprint: its ostentatious wealth, its ubiquitous military presence and its saber-rattling, diplomacy-scorning president bent on prosecuting two unpopular wars. Big Brother hardly needed a partner in the Vatican."
Ah, but now that's changed. Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the Messiah Most Miserable, is now president. He has "softened America’s international image". (I might argue that "softened" is a bit of an understatement, but I would digress!). And who, oh who, is Appleby's choice? Cardinal Dolan!
You see, he "projects vigor and regular-guy charisma, making his unwavering support of Vatican orthodoxy on sexual ethics and other doctrinal matters more palatable to the broad Catholic middle." I suppose "regular-guy charisma" included that Al Smith Dinner, where Dolan allowed Obama his coveted photo-op right before the election and that groveling letter he wrote to Andrew Cuomo.
Appleby opines that "the church desperately needs an infusion of modernity" and "one who can get the creaky gears of the Vatican moving again, perhaps with the assistance of money and expertise from affluent and well-placed donors". In reality, the Church needs to have modernism purged from its institutions and its clergy. As for the "assistance of money", the apostles did quite nicely without buckets of money from Rome as they were commissioned and empowered by Jesus Christ Himself. These are not valid qualification for the selection of a pontiff.