American priests support ACP statement
Dear Fr. Brendan,
Your statement is clear, concise, sincere, and invitational rather than confrontational. Thank you for the clarification. This is a great service to the enterprise of dialogue so dear to the Fathers of Vatican Council II fifty years ago. It is more about opening pathways of communication than about nailing down every issue with absolute pronouncements. It is more about embracing the world in which we live than shutting it out. It is more about raising the proper questions than about exacting answers that admit of no discussion.
The gospel says that we are not to be afraid to speak. Speaking up should not immediately be interpreted as dissent and disloyalty. One can speak up out of love and concern for the unity and good of the entire Catholic Community as well. Both your concern and love are evident in your very eloquent statement.
As the chair of the Association of United States Catholic Priests, I and all our members can benefit and learn from your leadership.
Fr. David Cooper AUSCP