But it turns out that the left wing is having a meltdown because Pope Francis loves Cardinal Burke! Read the comments at this post over at Bilgrimage and you'll see what I mean.
What interests me is that there is some truth to be found here underneath all the hysteria. As Bill Lindsay writes ...
I'd add that Burke has disproportionate sway within economic elites, particularly in the United States, who try in every way possible to influence the direction taken by the Catholic church at its top leadership level — to mute its teaching about socieconomic justice, and to use select culture-war issues, notably the abortion issue and the issue of same-sex marriage, to continue a politics of divide-and-conquer, reinforced by the religious right, that extends the political power and control of these elites.
There's a great deal of truth to that.
And because we're all miserable sinners, the real schism in the Church runs down this divide:
- The left wing ignores Church teaching on sexual morality and on the nature of Christ and His Church.
- The right wing ignores Church teaching on economics, social justice, torture, lying and makes fun of the centrality of the command to "love thy neighbor".
In both cases, ideology trumps the Faith.