Catholics — By Joe Carter on March 10, 2004 at 11:55 pm
Mary Ann Glendon, Cultural Warrior
Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor and member of the President’s Bioethics Council, has been chosen by Pope John Paul to lead the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences making her the highest-ranking female adviser in the Catholic Church.
Glendon, who specializes in comparative constitutional law in America and Europe, international human rights, and bioethics, is a respected antiabortion scholar and has become a leading opponent of gay marriage. Even her colleague Alan Dershowitz speaks highly of her. “If a woman could be made pope, she’d be my candidate,” Dershowitz said. “She brings to bear all the best of religion and secular thinking. Whenever I get upset about religion, which happens from time to time, I think about Mary Ann Glendon and I remember the virtues of a religious perspective.”
So why is this noteworthy? For two reasons: 1) Because conservative Christians should always be encouraged when one of our own gains such a position of influence and 2) because it will tick off all the right people — critics of the Bioethics Council, cultural elites, the faculty of Harvard, and liberal Catholics from Massachusetts. What more could you ask for?
This is one of those times that I wish we evangelicals had a Vatican of our own.