Like a Rock

Here's a newsflash: The pope is Catholic.

I say that because so many seem to forget that — seemingly demanding Pope Benedict XVI (search) be something he is not.

Well, here's another news update: He will never be for abortion. He will never be for euthanasia. And if you ever say the Catholic Church should be a democracy, he will never say it is. Because it isn't.

Most Catholics know that. A lot of Catholics hate that. But I think we'd all be wise to get over that. Because of this: The pope is here to espouse not the whims of our times, but the values that stand the test of time.

Some can quibble over whether priests should marry or laypeople should be more involved. The church evolves on such matters.

But on basic matters — matters of life and death, right and wrong — there are no ifs, ands or buts.

On these matters, any pope — including this pope — stands firm. As so he should.

Come Catholics hate it. They say they don't like this club and don't want to be part of this club.

Well, there's another cardinal rule here: No one says they have to be.

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