I’m as likely as the next guy or gal to poke fun at anything — as a former Catholic, I assure you I have poked fun at the Church — but this is beyond parody,
“What our viewers will notice is that, among these 115 cardinals, who are wearing what looks like women’s garb, that there are no women. That is something the next pope is going to have to address.”
the ABC commentator in question wasn’t just any old staff newsie but the Rev. Richard McBrien, Catholic priest and famously “progressive” (i.e. anti-papal) theology professor at the University of Notre Dame. McBrien’s written an entire encyclopedia about Catholicism
You’d think Rev. O’Brien would have had time enough to find a better argument for gender equality than feeble comments about men in drag. Which men were not in female drag, any more than women are in male drag when wearing capri pants.