I would like to comment on the March 16 op-ed article, "A season to be silent," by the Rev. Dr. James Lumsden, pastor of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, in Pittsfield. I noted the title and began reading with the hope that here was a Protestant pastor writing with respect and support for my Catholic Church. I finished with a sense of deep disappointment and sadness.
The writer quickly puzzled me by switching from a caring, protective tone toward the Church to an increasing insistence that certain unchangeable core teachings be changed. We are presented with a résumé that seems to say he is an ecumenist, but surely he should know that many of his "Catholic" friends are dissenting from their own church’s teaching. This brand of ecumenism hardly justifies piling on, with these people attacking my Church. Try as I might to avoid this conclusion, in the end this was just another Catholic-bashing dressed up in sophisticated rhetoric, prose and personal "sharing."
You don’t find Catholic clerics, in print or from the pulpit, telling any Protestant denomination what they should believe or teach, especially not around here. Aside from The Eagle, who gave the reverend a free pass? Why are faithful Catholics and their Church considered fair game for the bashers, and the bigots and their media?
I feel strongly that Rev. Lumsden should re-read his article and consider praying on the two quotes on wisdom and bigotry.