There’s been a lot said in the past few days about Caitlyn Jenner, but still I wasn’t prepared for this. Apparently, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone thinks Ms. Jenner is a sign of the apocalypse.
To wit (and I use the term loosely):
“It’s all the story of a marriage. God’s marriage covenant with Israel is fulfilled in the blood of Christ on the cross, establishing the new and eternal covenant between him, the bridegroom, and his bride, the church. When the culture can no longer apprehend those natural truths, then the very foundation of our teaching evaporates and nothing we have to offer will make sense.” (emphasis added)
Ah, your mouth to God’s ear, Sal.
The real world doesn’t conform to the Church’s metaphor of God as husband and Church as wife. And this matters how? The world also doesn’t conform to the symbolism of a woman being created out of a man’s rib. Or a person being swallowed by a whale and spat out. Or a man walking on water and then rising from the dead.
But Caitlyn Jenner signals the end of civilization.
I tell you what: if she can bring down the Catholic Church by strapping on a bustier, more power to her. Winning the decathlon was a walk in the park by comparison.
I wasn’t expecting Caitlyn Jenner to be beloved by the Catholic Church, or the Far Right, though she is an avowed Republican (nobody’s perfect, even with photoshopping). Lest anyone think that conservative institutions like the Church have a monopoly on judging the way individuals choose to live their lives, however, Jenner is also coming under fire from the PC police—largely, it seems, because she chose such an erotic image to introduce herself to the world.
Her sin, in PC eyes, is that she is promoting “cisnormative” definitions of beauty and the sexual objectification of women. Does that mean she’s too pretty to be trans? Quick, somebody tell Laverne Cox.
Perhaps Jenner’s greatest sin, though, is that she’s “privileged”—i.e., rich enough to pay for plastic surgery and well connected enough to get Annie Leibovitz to retouch her photos.
The mind reels. Can’t a girl just have fun anymore? Can’t she put on a dress because it makes her feel good?
I’ll remind you: Not only is Caitlyn Jenner a Republican. She is also a recently escaped member of the family that perfected the term media whore. I doubt she’s doing this for anyone but herself. The question is: what’s wrong with that? Isn’t it possible that she’s actually furthering the cause of trans acceptance by publicly living as herself in that rarefied world of wealth and fame, under the microscope of media attention?
It’s her party. Cry if you want to, but don’t expect her to do the same.