Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, was disinvited from being the commencement speaker at a small Catholic college after the bishop of that area expressed concern about her views. The bishop declined to even speak with her about them before intervening.
Kennedy issued a statement that said of the bishop, “He has not consulted with my pastor to learn more about me or my faith… Yet by objecting to my appearance at Anna Maria College he has made a judgment about my worthiness as a Catholic. This is a sad day for me and an even sadder one for the Church I love.” This raises the question of why she loves an institution that clearly despises her and would like nothing better than to have her disappear.
Catholics seems to have a masochistic relationship with their church. Despite all the evidence that their church is corrupt to the core, they still want to belong to it. Pope Benedict XLVI or whatever his number is (that actually may be the Super Bowl number) has suggested that he would prefer a smaller but purer church. In other words, he seems to want the ‘cafeteria Catholics’, who pick and choose which doctrines to follow, to simply leave. And yet they don’t. And even after their church directly humiliates them personally and publicly, as it did with Kennedy, they still want to belong.
Catholics seem to be like people trapped in an abusive relationship, suffering and yet afraid or unwilling to make the decision to leave.