This Dan McLaughlin tweet has become indispensable to our family as we read the media's "reporting" on the upcoming conclave:
I want a car that runs on ignorance of Catholicism.If only. We could open up the Washington Post and fill 'er up at will: Left out of official Catholic conclave, these ladies play the pope game
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 11, 2013
This will give you the general idea:
She loves being Catholic. She was raised Catholic. She went to Catholic University. She and her partner, Ariana, were married by an ex-nun, and their toddler, Asher, was baptized in a Catholic church.Nothing personal, but Catholic women can't marry each other, not even when an ex-nun officiates. You can look it up, quite easily.
Now top off your tank with Monica Hesse's complete and utter misunderstanding of the nature of the Church:
Whoever the new pope is, he will have been selected by an electorate that is 100 percent male and 100 percent wrinkled. If it seems sacrilegious to reduce the selection of the new head of the Catholic Church to a game that appears to be entirely out of stock on Amazon.com — well, keep in mind that Graham’s living room is the only conclave to which the players have been invited. This night is about disenfranchisement, faith and board games.Disenfranchisement? Try to imagine the Blessed Virgin seething over being "disenfranchised" because she was neither a priest nor a pope. Or God, for that matter. Whether this ignorance is the result of laziness, bigotry, or just knee-jerk political correctness is anyone's guess. But if you're going to write about Catholicism maybe you should read a book or something first.
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