Amazing, truly amazing! Rev. Donald Fisher ("Open Ordination to All Baptized Catholics," March 14 letter) and Rev. Neil McCaulley ("100 Percent Right," March 8 letter) continue with the "summer of love" mentality supporting women's ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood.
The current celebration in the 2013 church centers on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the groundbreaking development in theology and philosophy following the council. Yet where are Fathers Fisher and McCaulley? Well, in Haight-Ashbury still celebrating "the summer of love" with the Mamas and the Papas, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other notable talents, with one glitch -- that was 1967.
The only emotion welling up in me is pity. My brother priests, whom I fraternally love, seem to have missed all the developments because of their severe, almost crippling myopic worldview. This problem is not new. They suffered from it most, if not all, of their priesthood.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of my opinion since I was 9 years old in 1967. Nonetheless, speaking with older priests during my 1990s seminary formation, they told me how they were mocked by Fisher- and McCaulley-minded priests, most particularly for the older priests' longing to occasionally celebrate the Tridentine Mass after the implementation of the Pope Paul VI Mass. True to form, Fisher- and McCaulley-minded priests still hurl the same mockeries toward priests' old and young currently celebrating the Tridentine Mass as they did almost 50 years ago.
It is sad in their old age they have become the same rigid, narrow-minded old priests they mocked years ago. Pity can be the only truly Christian response.
REV. JAMES HOLLAND