I have been asking this question ever since liberal Catholics (and liberal non-Catholics) started going gaga over Francis. This Pope holds to traditional Catholic doctrines on abortion, divorce, contraception, the priesthood, and gay marriage. Yet liberals love him.
Damon Linker, writing at The Week, tries to understand why this is the case. After a progressive Catholic named Trish told him on a radio program that she and her fellow liberal Catholics don't really care what the Church teaches on matters of doctrine, Linker began to wonder why folks like Trish continue to affiliate with the Catholic Church.
Here is a taste: