NCR is not offering any prayers for the repose of his soul, and there is no sign that he ever did penance for his many years in the service of a dark lord. In fact, NCR is embarking on a virtual canonization of one of the most unrepentant, unchastened, prideful and heretical theologians of our day. We expect endless laudatory praise coming from the usual propaganda organs. (The devil's own media will surely miss his services.)
It is to be hoped that his death will signal the continuing decline of the Modernist hegemony on Catholic education in the West.
It's an ecclesiastical crime, a testimony to the bankruptcy and cowardice of American Catholicism that Our Lady's name was associated with this theological gremlin all these years.
Fr. Richard McBrien, who as a scholar brought distinction to a university theology department and who as an author and often-interviewed popular expert explained the Catholic church to the wider world, died early Sunday morning. He was 78.
McBrien had been seriously ill for several years and had moved recently from South Bend, Ind., to his native Connecticut.
It would be difficult to find a figure comparable in making understandable to a broad public the basic beliefs and traditions of the Roman Catholic church.