Dear Editor: Re: George Weigel’s column, “Progressive Catholic Authoritarianism” (July 16), the “penchant for misrepresentation and calumny” is hardly new in the history of the Church. Just look at Peter and Paul, the theological disputes in the early councils, or Bernard and Abelard. That’s what happens when people believe with deep convictions. In time, they all serve the divine purpose.
Mr. Weigel is also engaging in hyperbole when he quotes Merton, saying that the progressive Catholics as “infinitely worse.”
The real snipe seems to be: Where is Pope Francis leading us? “You wait and see.”