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Re: Recommended reading
Taking your word for it, Tony, that Chapp considers Voris to be an imbecile, I think he is making the mistake of fending off possible allies in the self-assurance that he is the only one with the truth. In that, he is as much a my-way-or-the-highway merchant as many of those he opposes. Sure, the numbing and dumbing of the Church needs to be exposed, but it seems to me that Voris – heavy-handed as he might be – is achieving part of that process by calling out various cohorts and individuals who are destroying people’s confidence in the Church by their actions and negligence. There are many ills in the Church, and it is refreshing that Chapp is attacking the more insidious undermining of the Faith by spotlighting those who numb people’s Faith by an insistence on “nice” rather than true and accurate. But, to my mind, he is not going to change the culture by himself.
As an aside, I find his treatise difficult to read in long bursts, as black on mid-grey itself has a rather numbing effect on my aging eyes and mind. Anyway, I’ll press on with the article once I’ve given my eyes a rest.