Thursday, April 21, 2005


Relativism and Torquemada

The following appears to be the most-quoted passage from the new pope:

"A dictatorship of relativism is being built that recognizes nothing as definite, and which leaves as the ultimate measure only one's ego and desires...Having a clear faith, according to the credo of the church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. Yet relativism, that is, letting oneself being carried 'here and there by any wind of doctrine,' appears as the sole attitude good enough for modern times."

Yeah, well, ya gotta be flexible. Maggie Gallagher reports that one pundit suggested he should have taken the name "Torquemada the First," which led me to look up Torquemada--who turns out to be the father of the Spanish Inquisition, and the man who expelled the Jews from Spain. Well, that certainly seems to be going a bit far.

Then again, if verities were eternal, there'd still be a Holy Inquisition, right?

I'm not very attuned to Catholicism, granted, but I just don't see why there can't be a) women priests and b) married priests. I mean, sure, the tradition is unmarried men who were "married to God," or whatever, but then again, there used to be indentured servitude, 7-year apprenticeships, limitless workdays, etc., and women were chattel, subordinated, second-class citizens without the right to vote. It isn't relativism to correct for the biases and bigotries of the past. I just don't see why being a priest couldn't realistically be a 9-to-5 job for a married man or woman like any other job.

Of course with different days off. :-)

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