• moseynon

    I dunno… I guess I would cut some slack for someone who praises a recently deceased friend. And the memorial was being held in the US Capitol, attended by numerous government officials, which probably added to the emotion.

    I looked up what Fr. Hesburgh said about female ordination back in 2008. This is from the 2008 interview with the Wall Street Journal:

    WSJ: Is the lack of leadership why the Church ended up in the priests’ scandal?

    Father Hesburgh: Everything is part of an organic whole, and the
    scandal is one aspect. I wouldn’t want to be personally buffaloed about
    whether there was a scandal, because there is no question there was. The
    answer is to find a different caliber of training and of selection and
    of inspiration of young men going into priesthood. And I think, more and
    more, women have to be involved in this, and I suspect that in the long
    run, married people are going to be a lot more involved in this whole
    problem than we have today.

    It has to evolve over time. I have no problem with females or married
    people as priests, but I realize that the majority of the leadership in
    the Church would. But what’s important is that people get the
    sacraments. You have to remember, there were married priests, even
    married popes, in the first 1,000 years of the church.


    It seems like an off-the-cuff tangential remark, rather than advocacy. Labeling Fr. Hesburgh “a dissident priest” seems a bit much.

    • kathyschiffer

      Father Hesburgh is not deceased, Dale. He is still alive, and was being honored for his birthday.

      • moseynon

        oops….Oh boy, do I have egg on my face about that! Thank you, Heavenly1.

  • http://www.davidlgray.info/ David L. Gray

    ANY time a Joe Biden agrees with what a Catholic says, it’s a dead giveaway that something smells rotten in Denmark . . .

    Thanks for the article!