The Vatican admits that it doesn’t fully understand youth culture. Really? I am so surprised. Who would have thought that adopting reactionary views towards women and the LGBT community would alienate young people? In order to combat this failure, the “Pontifical Council for Culture invited sociologists, Web experts and theologians to a three-day, closed-door event Feb. 6-9  aimed at studying “emerging youth cultures.””
I hope they sent a special invitation to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who gave an interview to The Catholic Herald newspaper where he said that “Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalizing male breastfeeding.” Oh, that Cordileone, such a card, always with the funny gags. Give that man a prize for sensitivity!
The Catholic church and other groups that oppose same-sex marriage are fighting a losing battle for the hearts and minds of the general public with many of the waverers slowly shifting to the pro-equality side. In such a situation, you want to avoid being flip about what many young people see as a serious issue because it makes you seem even more out of touch.