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Monday, February 11, 2013

The oracle speaks

Well, in case there was any doubt, we now have an ex cathedra announcement from the hierarchy of the New York Times:

"At some point, the church will accept contraception and female and non-celibate priests. Could it be in the next papacy?"  --  Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times

Although I ought to be used to it by now, I still find the parochialism of liberal secular elites stunning. Their small-minded preoccupation with sex and gender is, in its way, amusing. A pope abdicates for the first time in centuries, and what immediately pops into the mind of Nicholas Kristof and his ilk?  Contraception, women's ordination, and celibacy.  Oy vey.

Also amusing is his uncritical--indeed unthinking--embrace of Hegelian-Marxian certainty about the trajectory of history.  "At some point, the church will [embrace the ideology of the New York Times editorial board]. It just will, you see.  History is open to no other possibilities. It's a done deal.  Already determined.  Kristof was no doubt prevented only by the character limit on Twitter from saying "the correlation of forces . . . . "


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