Or: A short vignette describing what happens when young, poorly catechized Catholics rely on emotions and the MSM to form their "thoughts" about things they should know something about, but—alas!—do not.
The opinion editor of The Orion, the student newspaper of California State University, carefully outlines her credentials as critic of matters Catholic and papal:
Here's the catch: I think the Pope is absolutely ridiculous. I suppose that makes me a heretic but I can't help it.
She can't help it? So, is it fate that has caused her to arrive at such a thoughtless position, or simply a nascent desire to rebuke her (apparently ardently nominal) Catholic heritage, combined with knee-jerk, unthinking chugalugging from a keg of Benedict bashing? I think you know my choice; it is amply supported by comments such as this one:
Awesome, a creepy-looking ex-Nazi Pope in ornate robes and a huge funny hat.
Having shown herself shallow, she then shows herself callow, demonstrating that while she didn't choose to be Catholic, she has chosen to be clueless about Catholicism:
Strict Catholics believe the Pope is infallible. This is where I get confused. Maybe I'm just crazy, but I think directly contradicting yourself by saying particular views are "intolerable" and then rehabilitating someone who holds those views is a mistake. Therefore, he seems very fallible.
The whole Papal position to me seems a little outdated and a lot ridiculous. What does this guy do other than ride around in the Pope-mobile, condemn good people, forgive bad ones and offend believers and non-believers alike?
In this modern age, I don't think many people care too much about the Pope anyway. Even so, he should still be able to make basic value judgments and think critically about the people he chooses to rehabilitate.
One laughs. One cries. But wait, consider something she wrote shortly before the November 2008 elections:
People who vote without being properly educated on the issues are just stupid. This is where young voters come in. Young people are encouraged to vote, but most don't take the time to learn about the issues, since politics is less interesting than the latest episode of "Grey's Anatomy."
Hmmm. Let's try it again, but with a couple of changes:
People who vent their opinion without being properly educated on the issues are just stupid. This is where young people come in. Young people are encouraged to have opinions, but most don't take the time to learn about the issues, since Catholicism is less interesting than the latest episode of "Grey's Anatomy."
Here's hoping the young lady decides to actually hunt for the truth as she continues writing for The Orion...