A Dominican friar chimes in on Archbishop Pell’s critic Father John Crothers as mentioned in my post here.
Crothers brought them up because he implies ideas don’t matter any more, management is all that’s left. Pell, he says, is at liberty to indulge his ultra-conservative opinions. He wrote, "Being conservative or liberal is neither right nor wrong, it’s just the way we are" – as Jerry Seinfeld might have said. Why then should it matter whether "neo-conservatives" are appointed to Redfern or the seminary chapel tizzied up?
What matters is that the church isn’t a bowling club or a hamburger franchise. It has something to say about God and mankind that it believes comes from Jesus Christ.
As they say, read the whole thing.
[Via Off the Record]
I’ve seen so much about Fr. Crothers and most of it has come down to, ‘why doesn’t he just give the woman Holy Communion from the chalice?”
I know that a man like Crothers isn’t actually talking about this woman, but is taking a shot at the Church as a whole, but I thought it wasn’t fair that everyone was talking about him, but not to him. So I sent him an e-mail saying that I was touched by his pastoral care of the woman and suggesting that, since the body and blood of Our Lord are fully present in both species, perhaps there is another solution. I tried to keep it polite and charitable. Give the benefit of the doubt. I mean, isn’t that in the Big Book as part of the rules on how to deal with problem people?