Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Being Catholic

From the LA Times:
Gomez holds both conservative and progressive views
The archbishop is a champion of immigrants yet embraces strict orthodoxy on such matters as abortion and gay marriage.
Once again, the use of liberal (i.e. "progressive") and conservative are political terms that do not translate into the Catholic Church.
Gomez, 58, who will succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony, is a reflection of the future of American Catholicism. Born in northern Mexico, now an American citizen, he is one of the millions of Latinos who will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States within the next 10 years.

And like many of those Latinos, he is at once a conservative and a progressive: unyielding in his opposition to abortion and gay marriage, passionate in his advocacy for immigrants and the poor, confounding to those who try to wedge him into the traditional right-left political paradigm.
So, they concede that he doesn't fit the terminology, yet they couldn't abandon help but use it any way.
It isn't whether Archbishop Gomez is liberal or conservative.

It is about being Catholic.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Not everyone is Catholic, more's the pity.

An alternative explanation is that the newspaper has to talk to everyone in its audience (including non-Catholics), and it does so best when it uses the political language that its audience understands. And then it shows its audience that to be Catholic is to confound common political discourse.

Rather than being unwilling to accept that Catholics don't fit into conventional political categories, it seems that the newspaper is actually explaining to its audience how Catholics don't.