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Friday, September 05, 2008

Rank clericalism

Archbishop Niederauer's response to Nancy Pelosi was worth the wait, I think (although the fact that I had to doublecheck the spelling of his last name suggests that what I think about the Archbishop isn't terribly well informed).

But I will publicly distance myself from this statement:
Speaker Pelosi's remarks called forth many responses, from Catholics in the pews as well as from bishops.
It may be that "Catholics in the pews" responded to Speaker Pelosi's remarks, but I think Archbishop Niederauer used that term to mean lay Catholics.

The appropriate responses from Catholics in the pews can be found in the Order of Mass. Usually in bold.

Responses to Speaker Pelosi's remarks ought to come from Catholics after they leave their pews, while they're engaging the society around them.