Fr. Z. asks the hard-hitting question for Holy Week: is it time to cancel your NCReporter subscription?
The answer is: YES!
The NCR (or, as we called it in my studium days, "the Nasty Critical Rag") is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the dying, dissenting, dinosaur ecclesial left. The only good thing about the NCR is John Allen. He is very fair when reporting on Church issues, pulling no punches when punches are required, but at the same time he unfailing keeps his distance from poisonous dissenting ideology.
My greatest concern is for parishes that keep this trash in the back of the church for parishioners to read. People who spend most of the time working for the Church know how to read the NCR and balance its slanted content with other sources. But normal, average Catholics don't have the time or probably even the inclination to seek out balancing sources. They see "Catholic" in the title and think this rag is an official, church-sponsored publication.
Fr. Z. notes that the wheezing crackpots on the editorial board are using the current scandals to push for all their favorite reforms a la 1972. There is nothing in the structure of the Church, its teachings, its liturgical practices, or its centuries-old spirituality that condones child sexual abuse. These horrific incidents of abuse happened precisely because the teachings of the Church were not followed.
Ordaining women, making celibacy optional, blahblahblah will do absolutely nothing to guarantee that abuse will never happen again. Let's look at the U.S. public school system. Lots of married men and women, lots and lots of sexual abuse. The Protestants? Lots of ordained married women, lots of abuse. The Anglicans? Lots of ordained married men and women, lots of abuse. Need I go on?
If you have a subscription to the NCR, cancel it. For the good of the Church, just cancel it.
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