Granted, Noonan doesn't quite go as far as Dowd ("Yup, we need a Nope. A nun who is pope," declared Dowd back in March). But she does think "the old Vatican needs new blood." What's more, "they need to elevate women." Why?
As a nun said to me this week, if a woman had been sitting beside a bishop transferring a priest with a history of abuse, she would have said: "Hey, wait a minute!"Or as Maureen Dowd said last week, "no wonder that, having closed themselves off from women and everything maternal, they treated children as collateral damage, a necessary sacrifice to save face for Mother Church." She put it even more clearly in her earlier column: "The nuns have historically cleaned up the messes of priests. And this is a historic mess."