You can read Donohue's legitimate tirade HERE.
He could have just as well written an article about the left wing loons in the Church too. Read the National Chismatic Reporter and some of the posts at Praytell with its comments. Or read some of the comments I post on this blog. You should see the ones I don't post!
Somewhere in the middle is sanity and a Catholicism built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ and the gifts of sanctifying and actual graces He gives us so that we can have faith, hope and charity (love) with charity (love) being the greatest gift God gives to us. But of course, we have to receive these gifts.
I have always considered myself a middle of the road leaning left and at the same time right leaning sort of Catholic priest. I am liberal liturgically. I love all the liturgies of the Church when celebrated by the book with quality chant and participants who care about the liturgy to include the laity. Thus I promote both forms of the Mass and sacraments as Pope Benedict graciously allowed and which Pope Francis has not condemned.
My pastoral theology is more in line with Pope Francis but in continuity with Pope Benedict. I have been saddened by the damage the right wing loons are doing to the very legitimate cause of "reform in continuity" after Vatican II, what is often called "the hermetic of continuity." It will take decades to return to the sound approach of Pope Benedict in this regard, who was no right wing loon.
I think Cardinal Donald Wuerl is one of the lights of the Catholic hierarchy and has been since being appointed a coadjutor bishop in Washington State by Pope Saint John Paul II. He was the coadjutor to Archbishop Hunthausen perhaps one of the most progressive left wing loon types in the Church at the time. The Archbishop, his priests and many laity all but chewed up Bishop Wuerl at the time and spit him out of their mouth. So Cardinal Wuerl has the left wing loon scars on him.
Tell me if this sounds left-wing to you. It is from Cardinal Wuerl's excellent Pastoral Letter published this year. You can read Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge HERE. It is well worth reading. In fact I have used this pastoral letter each Sunday since September for our parish's Coffee and Conversation on Sunday mornings.
Here's a marvelous excerpt:
Sadly, it is not unusual to
encounter Catholics who were
raised in Catholic families,
educated at institutions that identify
themselves as “Catholic,” and who
may attend Mass regularly, yet do not
necessarily know or understand their
faith or believe it.
the last decades some have chosen to
leave their Catholic home; others have
just sort of drifted away. Some may say
they are “spiritual,” but not “religious,”
and therefore not affiliated with the
When I was a
in the 1960s
there was much
in the Church.
by some to
an experience of
God’s love, but
to do it without
the Creed, the
tradition. It did not work very well.
Catholics grew up with the impression
that their heritage was little more than
warm, vaguely positive feelings about
Those years of experimentation left
many Catholics weak, spiritually and
intellectually, and unable to withstand
the tsunami of secularism that came in
recent decades. We lost many people
because we failed to teach them about
right and wrong, about the common
good, about the nature of the human
person. This left many no longer able
to admit that we are sinners who need
Jesus because many no longer know
what sin is.