February 11, 2017

Francis v Burke

It seems hard to dispute that Pope Francis has treated conservative cardinals harder than Popes John Paul II and Benedict treated liberal cardinals. Why?  (Assuming the premise is true; perhaps John Paul was harder on liberals like Cardinal Mahony than I imagine.)

It could be that conservatives generally have less taste for risk, and there's a risk in offending large portions of Catholicism by showing disdain for a representative churchman of that faction.  You don't want to fray Peter's net too much; you want to *conserve* it.

With Catholic liberals, maybe there's more faith in faith as opposed to reason, and that necessarily means taking greater chances. If you want change, after all, you have to break a few eggs (or egos).

It could be my bias but it always seems like liberal officeholders treat conservative officeholders worse than vice-versa --Trump being the exception (although Lord knows what he is politically). I think Trump's success is partially a reaction of frustration by the GOP base inasmuch as McCain and Romney were perceived as playing too much by "gentlemen rules".   Trump, like Francis, plays for broke.

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