One can’t imagine that those who have an almost 10 year theological preparation before they are ordained a priest can make so many stupid theological statements and then, a Jesuit, that Father Reese is, along with his brother Jesuit, Pope Francis, claims that Pope Francis likes too much chatter when Pope Francis has complained about it from day one of his papacy!
This is what Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese said about the PAPROCKI/MCELROY CHATTER FEST AND SLAP DOWN.
Ironically, though, Fr. Reese’s remarks, but said through the fog of dementia, is actually blaming Pope Francis for all the polarization occurring in every country of the world due to Pope Francis himself! Because, as he says, Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI would have shut down heretical chiacchiere of McElroy, not to put words in Reese’s mouth.
Fr. Reese, himself somewhat heretical, but maybe due to dementia that has kept his mind back in the theological chiacchiere of the 1970’s, dementia leads people back to headier days in a fog of nostalgia, is right and wrong in his statements to the NCR, confused to say the least:
"If I were to take him at face value, I would suggest that he have wise and prudent people read his essays before he publishes them," said Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese, a journalist who has covered the U.S. bishops for decades.
Reese told NCR that Paprocki's essay reflects not only deep divisions in the U.S. Catholic hierarchy but also a level of public animosity, open disagreement and strident rhetoric among bishops that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI would not have tolerated.
"On the other hand, there wouldn't have been this kind of discussion under John Paul II because the Vatican would have shut it down," said Reese, who added that Francis has encouraged open discussion on sensitive issues such as figuring out new ways to accompany LGBTQ Catholics and same-sex couples.
"Francis has opened the church up for discussion again and [conservative bishops] just don't like it. They're trying to shut it down by using this kind of inflammatory rhetoric, even against cardinals," Reese said.