In all the praise of the new Pope for his view the Church should tone down its steady condemnation of sins involving sex, one group must be hurting. It’s the newly chosen Bishops. These are men who thought they had figured out how to move up in the Church–by condemning sexual sins and embracing Republican politics.
These Bishops must be saying, “Oh drat, just when I understood how to succeed in this outfit, they changed the rules.”
They should have recognized how the sin game is played. It is to highlight particular sins until they become too popular in the pews to criticize, then move on to other sins. It is happening before our eyes. Right wing Protestants will follow soon.
I explain this with the Sin Leader Board. I stole Leader Board from the game of golf. This is a list of the most popular sins being condemned regularly by clergy. When a sin falls off the Leader Board, clergy stop discussing it and move another up.
Sin Leader Board is made possible by the variety of interpretations available from the Bible, written by unknown authors 2000 years ago. The Board of my youth featured working on Sunday while the Methodist’s featured alcohol. Both the sins of working on Sunday and alcohlol consumption have slipped off the Board.
As gays, abortion and birth control slip off the current Leader Board, a new memo should come along soon. It will request suggestions of new sins ready to move up.