From America Magazine with my emphases and comments:
Pastor Apologizes for Vatican’s "Insensitive" Words
August 18, 2010
James Martin, S.J.
A pastor in Oak Park, Ill., has apologized to the women and women religious of his parish for the Vatican’s "insensitive and harsh words." ["insensitive and harsh"?] Here is the story from the local newspaper, the Journal of Oak Park and River Forest.
Rev. Larry McNally, pastor of Ascension Parish in Oak Park, couldn’t remain silent. "One of our catechists quit teaching religious ed. [OH NO!] We’ve been losing lectors and communion ministers all along," [Picture me in my grief.] McNally said. "Then my spiritual director quit." [SAY IT AIN’T SO!] Quit? [How will he cope?]
"Quit the church. Then I read the article by Sheila O’Brien in the Tribune ["Excommunicate me, please," [Step right up, Sheila. And, btw, there is an Anglican Church waiting for you.] Aug. 4]. That got to me. I had to do it." [Oh yes… he was compelled to say something.]
"It" was a letter to the Commentary section of the [Chicago] Sun-Times, published Aug. 10, criticizing his church’s hierarchy for its treatment of women–specifically equating the ordination of women with pedophilia and investigating women’s religious orders.
This past Sunday, he wrote in the church bulletin, "As we celebrate this great feast of Mary, the Mother of God [the Feast of the Assumption], I want to take this opportunity to say to all of our wonderful and virtuous women that I am sorry. I apologize to each one of you for the insensitive and harsh words coming from the Vatican male hierarchy of the church." [What arrogance!]
"We have so many [women]religious who come to our church," McNally said. "I felt I had to say something." [Probably because he is afraid of them.] As of Monday, he hadn’t received a single negative comment. He knows they’re coming, but he’s overwhelmed by the positive feedback he’s received.
After reading this, I just felt compelled to say something. I apologize to all Catholics of good will everywhere for the insensitivity of this pastor in Oak Park, IL. His harsh words wound us all. I am sincerely sorry for the public damage he has done to the Church’s good reputation.