I was right in the middle of a rather long piece delineating the back and forth between Austen Ivereigh and Matthew Schmitz (I probably gave it more attention than I should have) when I ran across an interesting development. I really came late to the family dinner due to “mom stuff,” so it was pretty much a “What just happened?” moment and it took me a wee bit of time to look up the voluminous back and forth and Al Jazeera TV. My disappointment in Crux was rivaling Patheos. Sigh.
I’d just like to say kudos to John Allen for this. I must say I did find him to blame for allowing another hit piece by Ivereigh (previous ones dealt with here and here). While we probably don’t agree on everything (I’m positive we don’t), I’ve always found him to come from a charitable, even-tempered position with the best of intentions. I’m sure he prayed long and hard on this one and I totally respect him for trying to keep to quell the circular firing squad.
I do think Allen comes from a “I’m a uniter, not a divider” kind of slant. While I’m sure that he has much more patience than I, sometimes I think it’s misplaced and I have to ask what he’s uniting with sometimes. How’s the saying go? “Unity for the sake of unity…”
I would like to say, while I was happy with a critique of Fr. James Martin’s latest book in Crux (https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2017/06/17/father-james-martin-lgbt-community-bridge-far/), I would love it if Crux would never, ever post a thought from Fr. Martin again as they did last here and that John Allen would not do a forward in his books or let him write for Crux as show here until Fr. Martin ditches the moral ambiguity and “The Church is mean!” stance. I don’t care if the blind squirrel does find a nut on occasion, it lends credence to his, more often than not, “strange notions.” That little “blind squirrel” has led many others into darkness.
So for now, let’s just give a thumbs up to Crux’s new editorial policy. Here’s hoping it gets even better! Make it so, John Allen! Make it so! (Yes, you could say I’m in the “Next Generation”…)