Will the next pope be an Italian conservative? Who woulda thunk it?
With a starting point in essential gender difference, love, and procreation, and with a remarkably elastic definition of “nuptial mystery,” enthusiasts will be further cheered to find John Paul II’s lead being followed by Scola as well in the condemnation not only of abortion and of genetic engineering (cloning), and of birth control, but also of feminism, of homosexuality, and of cultural traits Scola associates with feminism and homosexuality, namely individualism, libertinism, relativism, narcissism, and even nihilism. The cardinal’s logic, in fact, seems to be that feminism is responsible for homosexuality, because the more women act like men, the more men are likely to want to have sex with other men.
Were you hoping for a reformer? Don't hold your breath. The Catholic Church is in the same place right now as the Soviet Union was in the 1970s. And, unfortunately, there's no Mikhail Gorbachev in sight.