The latest bit of non-news burning up the blogosphere – author Anne Rice declared on her Facebook page that she has “quit Christianity in the name of Christ.” Here’s an interesting piece on the Politics Daily website about it.
I have to confess a little disappointment over her leaving. I really enjoyed her spiritual memoir Called Out of Darkness in which she cogently explained why she – a political liberal — returned to the Catholic Church she was raised in. With all the corruption and idiocy that’s been spilling out of the Vatican lately, the Catholic Church needs its conscientious liberals to balance a lurching ship. It needs people like Rice to explain why you can be Catholic and pro-gay rights, pro-birth control, and pro-ordination of women to the priesthood – and why it is practically a Catholic duty to be harshly skeptical of the Vatican. The Gospel of Stephen (Colbert) affirms that.
Such beliefs may be scandalous to right-wing activist bishops in the U.S., but they’re hardly rare – according to a variety of polls, including last year’s Gallup survey, American Catholics as a whole lean left on many of the hot-button social issues of the day. So Anne, you were hardly alone in being a Cat’lic leftie. I understand your frustration, and I respect your decision, but we could use you. Just stay away from Scientology, fer Christ’s sake – I know you have Tom Cruise’s phone number.