I am loathe to reply to Dorothy Dimitre’s Cathophobic “kick-the-pope” column published in the April 10 edition of the Daily Journal in which she wonders if Catholicism is “conductive (sic) to democracy.” I fear I may encourage her or draw attention to her rants. This may be breaking news to her, but she doesn’t have to support the church. It’s a matter of choice, although I realize the mass media has pretty well limited “choice” to one subject. This is not like government in which we are forced to pay and obey. There is a poem with a line that says, “I’ll believe in separation of church and state when my taxes are gathered in a collection plate.”
I am perplexed by Dimitre’s anger. After all, Americans allow the Supreme Court to decide many important issues, even by overriding the will of the people. At least the pope was elected by vote of the cardinals. I don’t see white smoke billow when a Supreme Court justice is appointed.
Her concern over “pope folderol” makes sense, however. I think Pope Francis could take a step toward bringing the church into the modern world by getting tattoos and wearing rings in his nose.
James O. Clifford Sr.