It's so Catholic. (Letters).
* Fr. Richard McBrien's commentary (NCR, Jan. 11) on the two
"fundamentalist" Protestant women was so -- what's the
word I'm looking for? -- Catholic! How presumptuous for these two
"misguided souls" to take a direct approach on spreading the
gospel and verbally sharing their faith with those unfortunate Afghans.
They should I suppose take the "indirect" route the good
priest recommends. Do good works and let your light shine that way. No
doubt, as he does in the inhospitable terrain of the classroom in South
Bend, Ind. Did he take the time to inquire about the human relief
activities these women were involved in? Was he there as they performed
their "fundamentalist" thing? Does he have such a discerning
insight that he can rush to the judgment seat to pronounce such a harsh
sentence on these sisters in Christ? Why, of course he does! He's a
priest in the "one true church" as well as a theological
teacher at God's favorite university. Lord, forgive my sarcasm!
It's just that Fr. McBrien brought me back to my formative years as
a young boy growing up in the Catholic ghetto atmosphere of Belfast,
Ireland. The tone of his comments is, I declare, a more subtle bent, but
the message is clear: We Catholics have the first and the only
legitimate franchise on Christian truth and know precisely where these
Johnny-come-lately Protestant upstarts go wrong.