Will the Next Pope Finally Proclaim “The Theology of Chris Matthews’ Body?”

The world waits, breathless…

So the Pope announces his resignation, and before we even have all the details, Chris Matthews is on MSNBC squealing rabidly about how maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky, the next Pope will finally modernize the Catholic Church.

Not surprisingly, for Matthews this means that the new Pope really ought to re-visit Humane Vitae if he has the “courage, spirituality and the vision to take it on.”  Humanae Vitae, Matthews reminds us, was the 1968 encyclical in which Pope Paul VI “made birth control a sin.”

Leaving aside the astoundingly childish understanding of sin and who “makes” it, this kind of ho-hum predictability from the Catholic Left is getting to the point where it’s comical.

Enter the clown:

When the pope came out and made birth control a sin, and stuck to that policy, even in this age we live in now, they lost a lot of people. . . . Marriage isn’t about having sex a few times, and having a few kids, and that’s the end of it. It’s about a loving, physical relationship for years, until death, and sex is a big part of that. . . . So I would say Humanae has to be expanded, has to be refined, and I would like to see a pope do that.

Thank you Mr. Matthews, that was beautiful.  Unfortunately, not only have you been outsmarted by a series of old single guys with names like Montini, Wojtyla, and Ratzinger – you’ve also been outclassed.  Respect for the dignity of the human person might sound a little old-fashioned to you, but it’s a heck of a lot classier than demanding instant satisfaction with no accountability every time you get that old thrill up your leg.

Sorry Chris, I know it’s tough to be taken seriously as a committed Catholic and an outspoken Leftist at the same time.  Heck, you work hard to be taken seriously at all.

But keep trying – the popes can’t keep ignoring you forever.



  • Tomor

    The Jesuits failed you, Chris, while at Holy Cross.

    Try this syllogism:

    Major premise — The Church cannot contradict an Ordinary Magisterium papal encyclical because it would be untrue ( the previous teaching being infallibly taught) and therefore to do so would destroy the Church’s credibility.

    Minor premise — Humanae Vitae is a papal encyclical.

    Conclusion: The Church will never contradict Humane Vitae.

    If there Church were to contradict its previous Teaching on faith and morals, all Catholic Haters and Dissidents would have been correct; the Church would not have been given the Holy Spirit’s gift of infallibility and all credibility would be lost. To do so is to commit suicide!!!!!

  • Chris R

    Chris Matthews reminds me of Ron Burgundy.

  • tamsin

    “outsmarted by a series of old single guys”


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Wise/1205779077 Brian Wise

    The next Pope doesn’t need to change the Church’s teaching on contraception. But, he should say, “Over 90% of American Catholic women of child-bearing age use contraceptives and that is NOT the Government’s fault, that is NOT the President’s fault. It is the Church’s fault and Holy Mother Church will NOW take responsibility for that and STOP blaming ‘the secular culture’ for that.” The Church should NOT ask the Government or ‘the secular culture’ to do its job. It is the Church’s job to bring that 90% figure down.

    • abadilla

      No Brian, the Church can’t be blamed for calling a sin a sin, period! What a sin is does not depend on how a majority feels. We are NOT the episcopal church that decides on majority vote what a sin is and is not.
      If 90% of Catholic women want to embrace sin, that’s their business, but it isn’t the job of the Church of Christ to change the teaching for them. The women who use contraception do so because they feel more confortable with what the secular culture tells them, than with what the Church they claim to belong to teaches them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jenifer.morrison.9 Jenifer Morrison

      I’m confused – how is the Church asking the government or secular culture to reduce the number of women using contraception? Although I suspect stronger education of Catholics as to why it is a sin and how that sin endangers your immortal soul may be helpful…

  • abadilla

    I doubt highly “theologian” Matthews EVER read Humanae Vitae.

    • http://www.facebook.com/briana.grzybowski.3 Briana Grzybowski

      Yeah. He’s one of those “Joe Biden” Catholics, that call themselves Catholic and disagree with at least of what the Magisterium teaches.

      • abadilla

        Isn’t amazing, that Matthews of all people would have anything to say about Catholicism? Frankly I’m so tired of these dissidents, if Burke were to become the first American Pope, they will all start running for the door before excommunications hurl from Rome.

      • Guest

        *at least half* of what the Magisterium teaches. pardon me.



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