A reader writes to say:
Recall that Archbishop Curtiss is depicted in Michael Rose’s “Goodbye! Good Men” as a model of orthodoxy and sound policy.
True indeed. One of the interesting marks of this scandal is that episcopal arrogance and folly seems to know none of the secular categories of “liberal” and “conservative”. Curtiss and Egan are as heartless and arrogant as Mahony and Weakland. This shows, once again, the folly of trying to analyze the Church’s difficulties using secular categories and reinforces the vital point my priest friend made concerning the necessity of thinking with the Tradition in order to get an accurate bead both on our woes and on the way out of them. (Go here to see that discussion.)