British public intellectual Christina Odone has been wondering why am I still a Catholic?
Part of her answer is:
At the back of the cathedral, I studied the leaflets, posters and messages. There are priests who allow divorced Catholics to take Communion, there are special Masses held for gay and lesbian Catholics, and post-abortion counselling is available for women who seek it. Papal doctrine may be inflexible, but the pastoral care is humane and far-reaching. The church is so much more than its head.