The New York Times is where liberals opposed to dogmatism issue their anathemas.
Maureen Dowd complains in yesterday's Times that the Catholic Church is not keeping up with the modern world. That crusty old Pope. He's such a square. He's not hep to the jive. And wassup with this grampa being down with these nuns anyway?
Dowd is panting so hard trying to keep up with the times that she doesn't realize that the advice she's giving the Church today will, a few years down the road, itself sound hopelessly out of date. That's what happens when your moral code is nothing more than a cultural weather vane.
Dowd's own doctrinaire secular liberalism is offended by the Church's opposition to contraception, masturbation, homosexuality, divorce, and abortion. According to liberal dogma, sex is for pleasure. Period. And anyone who dissents from this view is to be hauled before the politically correct tribunal and charged with Intolerance.
Secular liberals don't like the Bible too much, but they consider the Kama Sutra to be holy writ.
The immediate occasion of Dowd's denunciation was the Vatican order that the Sisters of St. Joseph be reformed. The problem with the sisters? Not much, except they're basically against everything their own church is for.
Dowd seems particularly enamored of Sister Margaret Farley who wrote a book championing "self-pleasuring." Self-pleasuring. Yeah, that's why you give up all worldly possessions, don a habit and spend long hours in prayer and meditation.
I mean, isn't that what you do when you're looking for fun? Get yourself a Chrysler and head on down the Atlanta highway looking for that funky little monastery where we can get together? That's where I wanna spend my jukebox money.
It's spring break. Let's head on down to Gethsemane Abbey.
After condemning the Church for being consistent with its teachings, she then condemns it for being inconsistent with them, pointing to the recent pedophile priest scandal. Maybe we should just be thankful that Dowd's ever changing secular morality still considers pedophilia wrong. We should probably enjoy it before this stray vestige of Christian morality too is wiped away on the journey toward the utopia promised by the sexual revolution.
Dowd (who wrote an entire book questioning whether men are necessary) talks about a "thuggish crusade" by the Catholic Church, Hell-bent on sending Catholic women "back into moldy subservience." You know, like Saints Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, and Thérèse de Lisieux, all of whom are considered doctors of the Church.
I'll take any one of these over the liberal's patron saint, Alfred Kinsey, any day.
I'm not normally in favor of sending women into moldy subservience. But in Maureen Dowd's case, I'm willing to make an exception.