Who's dysfunctional?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 02, 2004

When a priest doesn't get excited about whether or not children are validly baptized, you can guess he's not a heavy theological thinker.

Nevertheless, Father Peter Kennedy gives us a nugget worth considering when he says that the Church is "dysfunctional" because it doesn't work well with democracy.

Here's a vivid sign of the times: If democracy and Catholicism don't work together, this man-- a Catholic priest, remember!-- presumes that the Church is at fault. It doesn't occur to him to suspect that maybe democracy (or his version of democracy) is dysfunctional.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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