Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fr. McBrien Gives the Game Away

Matthew Archbold highlights yet another one of Fr. Richard McBrien's inane commentaries, this one addressing the apostolic visitation and doctrinal assessment directed toward women Religious in the U.S.:
... One of the most disturbing aspects of the "visitation" is the requirement that each of the visitors will be required to make a public profession of faith and an oath of fidelity to the Apostolic See.

This requirement will discourage a number of potential visitors from volunteering their services in this study, and thereby skew the visitation teams in a particular ideological direction.
Matthew astutely points out the implications of Fr. McBrien's assertion, when taken to its logical conclusion:
Did you get that? An oath of fidelity to the Apostolic See skews you in a particular ideological direction, ie conservative.

Fr. McBrien, it's called being faithful. It's not ideological.

But using logic would lead one to an inescapable conclusion. If being a conservative Catholic is defined as being faithful to the Apostolic See, then how must a liberal Catholic be defined?

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At 7/26/2009 3:58 PM, Anonymous Gabriella said...

Jay, you've really been blessed :)

I won't comment on US politics but ... I enjoy reading your blog!

At 7/27/2009 7:21 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Thank you, Gabriella!


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