And remember the dissenter who said that the great exodus from the Church in recent decades has been a good thing because what we have left is "a thinking Church?" (If he thinks he is an example of "a thinking Church," he should think again.)
Well, those two abysmal statements came to mind last week, prompted by a small but tragic story in USA Today (I have the hard copy of the story, but did not date it).
The story said that "Bishop" Gilbert Thompson, founder of the Boston-area 7,000-member evangelical Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan, is buying "a closed Roman Catholic parish in Stoughton" to "serve about 2,000 congregants in the Brockton and Stoughton areas." (The price is $3 million, by the way.)
Will we be seeing "positive developments" such as that in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles? Does Cardinal Roger "560 Lawsuits" Mahony have a potential closures-and-selloff plan worked out already? We should be telling him right now that we do not want ANY of our Catholic churches, schools or other facilities closed and sold.
Except for the Yellow Armadillo. Now, that would be a truly positive development.