Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is a Roman Catholic. He even graduated from a Jesuit school, Boston College. The new pope, Francis, is the first Jesuit to be elected pope. That may be all the two have in common. If Dannel were pope, he would not be representing God on earth. He would pretend he is God, at least if we are to take his remarks seriously.
Just hours before Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected the new pope, Gov. Malloy was asked by John Dankosky of WNPR radio what changes he hoped the next pope would make to the church. Malloy responded, “just about everything.” The answer was instructive on many fronts.
The governor wants the church to be “more recognizing of women’s’ rights” and to treat women with more respect. Read that to mean, Malloy wants the church to sanction abortion.
Malloy added, “most Catholics have moved far away from some of the teachings of the church and those teachings of the church are not necessarily tied to the Old Testament or the New Testament. They are ideas and concepts that were brought about as a result of political machinations in the ancient history of the church. I want a church that is responsive to the people that it seeks to serve and I want a church that is growing.”
Translation: the Catholic Church should recognize gay and lesbian marriage, abortion, contraception, adultery, divorce, female priests and appeal to what its flock demands.
The Catholic Church is not a democratic-republic, nor should it be. It’s mission is not to accede to a popularity contest. The people serve the Church. The Church does not serve the people. That the Church has been witness to “political machinations” is no major revelation. Put two people in a room and you’ll get political machinations.
Can the church be malleable? Yes, it can, in certain areas, but not in doctrine, and that is the area to which this governor refers. Catholicism doesn’t work that way, and Malloy, of all people, should know that. Nobody is forcing the governor or Catholics, who have moved far away from the teachings of the church, from adhering to its doctrine. There are plenty of other of religions that fit “their” needs. But if they want to subscribe to Catholicism, these are the rules, pure and simple.
The Catholic Church welcomes all with open arms. Its only requisite is that you follow the rule book. If Malloy doesn’t like the Catechism, he can go find another religion. The Ten Commandments and other church doctrine are not open to some backroom deal. In the meantime, he ought to worry about his floundering budget, instead of playing pope.