This is from an interview of Gary Wills.
What are the specific issues? Married priests? Women priests? Birth control? Abortion rights? Gay marriage?
All of them.
Wells at least that answer is succinct.
What about the issues of the papacy and your criticism of it?
Catholics make up a huge part of the world. I don’t criticize Catholicism or the church, but I do criticize certain leaders.
That’s not a non-Catholic thing to do because the leaders have often been wrong. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, popes were put in hell by the poet Dante and by certain painters. The pope is not the church and never has been.
You just say you want abortion, birth control, and gay marriage and then say I don’t criticize Catholicism or the church? I guess we need to drop the Bible and Apostolic Tradition to create a church to his liking. The Fathers of the Church will also need to be demoted and Doctors of the Church knocked back to interns.
In the face of all your criticisms, what keeps you a practicing Catholic?
I believe in the creed and the redemptive power of Jesus. I want to be united in my brothers and sisters in Christ. People say to me “You’re no better than a Protestant” and I’d like to unite with the Protestants. But I’m a Catholic, and I’m not going to say your church is wrong and my church is right.
Relativism at it’s finest.