Clarification on the SSPX Story
A reader was kind enough to comment on some more information he found out after doing some digging around the blogosphere in regards to the National Catholic Register pulling Pat Archbold’s story.
Over at Catholic Minority Report (Pat’s blog), he posted the following:
Let me be very clear. The last thing I want to be is the cause of any damage to the National Catholic Register. I have been honored to write for them these past years and to be involved in the incredible growth of their web presence. They do good and necessary work on behalf of Christ.
Read the rest there.
As well on Father Z’s blog in which he talked about the article, someone commented that they asked the editor at the National Catholic Register and had this conversation:
“I asked the Register why the article was taken down. The Managing Editor said, ‘The bottom line is that there was one last theological review in order because the post covers a sensitive topic. There was a mis-communication about this and the post went up without that review. Once it went live the situation took on a life of its own. Pat’s call to extend grace for reconciliation is laudable and we certainly have no disagreement with it. As it is, the related challenges that ensued resulted in the perception that we disagreed with Pat’s expressed desire for the healing of the schism, which is not at all the case.’ I then asked, ‘Is it possible that the article will be posted after a satisfactory theological review or has it already went through the theological review and was found lacking? In either event, I believe some sort of public clarification is in order, in my humble opinion.’ He stated, ‘Patrick posted the article on Creative Minority report. So we won’t be posting that particular one. But you can be sure we will have similar pieces from him and others down the road.’”
The whole thing seems odd to me. What is the “theological review” that the Managing Editor is talking about? I didn’t see anything theologically wrong in regards to the suggestion of Pope Francis extending an olive branch to the SSPX. After all, the SSPX isn’t that far off from being brought back into communion with the Church as opposed to the Pentecostals.
All in all, it appears that things are ok in regards to Pat and the NCRegister. I’m sure some will stop reading the NCRegister, but, I’m not going to be too upset over it if Pat is fine with it.