I lived for a number of years in Norfolk, Va. I used to (sort of) know Fr. Quinlan. He was a nut, the sort of priest who turned the Mass into a circus. He was a pioneer in the use of bizarrely coloured vestments, inane felt-banner decorations, bad music with semi-pelagian lyrics, ad-libbing the Order of the Mass, etc. In many ways, he was one of the creators of the very sort of irreverent mess that he now decries. I've rather lost touch with him. He may, in his old age, seen the errors of his youth; he may be trying to correct them. While I cannot 100% endorse what he says, here, I strongly agree with the general thrust of it. Congregational behaviour in the Dreadful Diocese of Richmond is generally very irreverent. Priestly behaviour, though, isn't much better. The people have learnt from their leadership. The whole Diocese needs to be cleansed.
OBTW, the DDR has a serious 'priest shortage'. Gee, I wonder: "Why"?
I have also lived in the diocese of Richmond. This is all so typical. I often wondered if perhaps I was really in a Methodist church or maybe even a Unitarian church.
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