It carries a column (click on this post's title) by the arch-liberal Fr. Richard McBrien that blasts a good shepherd of souls -- and that advises people to "'take a vacation' from the Church" if he displeases them.
Fr. McBrien wrote about what he says was a message to him in which a "lay Catholic pastoral associate" complained about the new pastor of his parish. Fr. McBrien summarizes:
"The pastor has done away with all contemporary music at Mass, and has restored pre-conciliar devotions along with auricular confession. He even gives the impression that confession is the greatest of the sacraments...
"Under the pastor's control, the parish has no youth ministry, no parish council, nor any other consultative body. According to my correspondent, 'consultative is not in his vocabulary.' He also gave vocal support to the minority of U.S. Catholic bishops who proclaimed in effect that 'Catholics could burn in hell' if they voted Democratic in the recent presidential election."
Fr. McBrien also says the pastor says in his homilies "what sinners the parishioners are, and why it is so necessary for them to 'go to confession.'"
Other crimes of the shepherd: "old-fashioned church music, all the statues covered in purple as they were before Vatican II, and the usual severe words in the homily..."
Also, the pastor "had taken the parish back to a Church that she [another parishioner] knows nothing about and in a manner that showed no understanding of others' feelings."
Fr. McBrien says the "pastoral associate" asked him, "Are we expected just to get used to it?" and Fr. McBrien advised him:
"No, you are not simply to 'get used to it.' Parishioners need to go elsewhere, like the woman [the other parishioner above] who left Mass in tears" -- and "If there are no parishes or other worshipping communities in the vicinity where the pastoral leadership is healthy rather than driven by a narrow ideology, then one simply has to 'take a vacation' from the Church until the skies finally clear and we are bathed in sunlight once again."
Well, there you have it. Is not Fr. McBrien advising liberals to miss Mass?!!! And just because they can't stand their conservative pastor?!!!
Fr. McBrien and his fellow liberals should, but will not, reflect on the faithfulness of the many conservative Catholics who for the past 45 years of liberal sermons, liturgical abuse and outright hostility to pro-lifers and lovers of the Latin Mass have kept going to Mass and never "taken a vacation" from the Holy Sacrifice and the Eucharist.
Why would Cardinal Mahony publish a column in his archdiocesan newspaper in which a priest undermines "auricular Confession" and advises Catholics to "'take a vacation' from the Church?"