Read reactions and analysis of Evangelii gaudium and you will quickly see that the catholic Left’s take on the Apostolic Exhortation inexorably veers into “Isn’t it great that the Pope hates traditionalists? He’s one of us!”
Heh heh. Not so much.
The catholic Left has nearly completely accepted that their flagship issue has been torpedoed.
When you read liberal and squishy-to-left Catholic blogs and news sites you will see that they shuffle the women’s ordination thing in Evangelii gaudium either into some few asides or down to the bottom of their lists.
Go ahead! Go out and see what they are doing.
What appears at the top of their lists, however, are quotes from the Apostolic Exhortation that seem to cut down conservatives.
What’s this all about? What’s going on under the surface?
Liberals are so happy that the Pope seems to be bashing conservatives, that they are ready and willing to accept that women will never ever be ordained.
The “Joy of their Gospel” is to see conservatives get whacked. They are so overjoyed, as a matter of that, that they are willing to sacrifice their flagship.
Yes, you will find a few waayyyy out on the even leftier fringe of their fleet – you know, the Gray Panthers – for whom Francis denial of women’s ordination this is still a problem. But, for the most part, Francis hit their liberal sweet spot so perfectly that they are taking the bitter hit amidships.
“Trads to the WALL!” To them, it’s worth it.
Make no mistake. The Big Issue for liberals is women’s ordination. Francis, the fluffiest and most wonderfullest Pope since Peter has now taken the issue away from them.
The Pope has won liberal support for his decision not to reopen the question of women’s ordination. He won them over by ostensibly sacrificing those who desire traditional expressions of liturgy, etc., at least in his rhetorical flourishes. They took the bait.
catholic liberals have been co-opted not only into accepting that women will never be ordained, they are, in their acquiescence, now supporting it.
The Pope wins. The Church’s doctrine wins. The Catholic faithful win.
Will Francis manage to drive a wedge between extreme feminists and other liberals? When he does, he will have succeeded in doing what no Pope has ever done, or ever tried to do: create divisions in the catholic Left.