Well, the AP took a poll, and everybody pretty much agrees the Catholic Church better get with the program in electing their next pope.
I mean, how could a religious leader call abortion a sin against "non-violence to all sentient beings," condemn homosexual activity (indeed, putting one's genitals in any fun place that doesn't have to do with making babies), and expect his clergy to be celibate?
Who does he think he is, the Dalai Lama?
Well, yeah, he does.
Just a thought experiment for anti-Papists, "recovering" Catholics, progressive thinkers, and AP poll participants. I don't think many people would presume to tell the Dalai Lama what to think and believe. And when he passes on, I don't think even Bill Clinton will have the narcissistic temerity to compare himself to the Dalai Lama, and say he leaves a "mixed legacy."
I'm not troubled by the idea of a higher order that prescribes a moral code that few if any of us can live up to. If there is one, we should expect nothing less.
(Neither should we use it as an excuse to cast the first stone, but you already knew that.)