I realize that the following commentary veers close to being a cheap shot. Truly, I understand that the theological musings of an actress such as Anne Hathaway may not deserve in-depth coverage. It may be ridiculous to even hint that reporters might want to probe her recent commentary on her departure from the Roman Catholic Church and her brief liturgical dance with Anglicanism.
But, honestly, I am trying to make sense of the following two gossip items in the mainstream press. Let's start with USA Today:
Anne Hathaway, who was among the stars hitting the red carpet in Hollywood ... for the premiere of Valentine's Day, says in the new British GQ that her family left the Catholic Church over its intolerant views on homosexuality.
Anne grew up wanting to become a nun but shunned Catholicism when she learned her older brother, Michael, was gay.
"The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out," she tells the magazine. "Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?"
But the Episcopal church plan didn't really work out for her either. "So I'm ... nothing," she said. "I'm a work in progress."
OK, it's completely logical -- in my opinion -- for Hathaway and members of her family to leave the Church of Rome if they sincerely oppose its ancient teachings on human sexuality. You could say that they were acting on their convictions. Dare I suggest that some political leaders in the United States (in several different flocks) might consider that course of action?
But what is going on in that final paragraph?
Let's try the blunt take on this in the New York Daily News:
Anne Hathaway left the Catholic Church after her brother opened up about being gay. "The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out," says the actress. "Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?" So what religion is Anne now? "I'm nothing," she admits. "F- it, I'm forming. I'm a work in progress."
Now, other than the gratuitous F-word, Hathaway's statement that she is "forming" and a "work in progress" sounds like an excellent piece of copy for one of those witty posters from the old Episcopal Ad Project (please click here) or similar efforts to seek newcomers for other liberal flocks.
So what might Hathaway have said that would cause a reporter to paraphrase her as saying that becoming an Anglican didn't "work out" for her? Has she rejected faith altogether? Is the Episcopal Church too strict for her?
What's up? Inquiring minds want to know. Or do we?