Wait a minute:
John McFarland is going to defend the dialogue Mass by citing the Pope who suppressed the true Holy Week??
Be fair, Sean.
Chez CathInfo, micturating on John McFarland is such a widely practiced participatory sport that I should not be surprised at the announcement of its own World Cup (World Pissoir?) Finals. Even so, in the interest of preventing or at least restricting hooliganism among the sport's participants and fans, I urge that Rule 1 in the proposed handbook specify that would-be micturators be required to accurately
state what enormity Mr. McFarland has committed before the line judge or referee gives the bladder-emptying process the go-ahead.
On the basis of this proposed rule, Sean, you should certainly have held your water, for there is no resemblance between the quoted sentence and the content of Mr. McFarland's remarks (which, not so incidentally, clearly begin below
the dashed line in Matthew's comment). Those remarks were offered in evidence for one claim only: that Pius XII was "a supporter of the dialogue Mass," whatever assertions to the contrary were made, here or elsewhere, by others. That his claim is adequately evidenced by the citation from Mediator Dei
is pretty plain to me—more's the pity, say I.*
If a more careful reader can show me that the situation is otherwise, I shall listen with attention.
(An aside: I am sure that if you or anyone else here asks him nicely, John McFarland will be happy to say something forthright that will stimulate jubilee quantities of urine sitewide! A further aside: To use Matthew's apt words, "I've given my opinion on the Dialogue Mass several times." Like Matthew's, my opinion is to be found in the archives. Hint: it's anything but supportive.)
For Mr. McFarland's thoughts on these and other matters, interested readers need only search through CI's laudably full archives. (He wrote quite a lot before he got the boot.) Those readers who are especially fond of circumlocution should be alerted, however, that they will find that "Come on, now, tell us what you really
think" are words no one, friend or foe,**
ever uttered in Mr. McFarland's general direction.
All the more reason to recall the wise words of the Congregation of Rites (1922): "Things that in themselves are licit are not always expedient." Still, even from a casual reading of the encyclical's quoted matter, one should see that not participating in a Dialogue Mass and not wishing to participate in a Dialogue Mass are nowhere depreciated or deprecated. This is something to draw comfort from.**
An admission against local interest: Out here in the real world, I have been the former for about 55 years.