It seems that the Catholic Times delayed publication of my letter about Mgr Basil Loftus so he could compose a lengthy reply, which they printed next to my letter. So the game is on.
Loftus' reply is interesting principally because it shows how annoyed he is. How dare anyone contradict him! He attacks me in such a way, however, that it is not really possible for the editor to fail to publish my reply.This Christmas present gave me great satisfaction.
My quarry is the fearsome Bore. We'll see how long we have to wait for my letter to appear, and perhaps one from Loftus too, what fun that will be.
I can only reply to part of his ramblings, here's something I will have to leave aside, though it is priceless. He writes, replying to me:
'I did not say that the "impossibility of ordaining women is not taught infallibly." I merely implied that no such claim to infallibility appeared to have been made for the teaching of John Paul II in respect of women-priests, ...'
Er, right, well that's cleared up then! I stand corrected. As so does the then Cardinal Ratzinger, when he made exactly such a claim about the infallibility of the teaching, in his role as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, back in 1995.
So what happened to Cardinal Ratzinger, then? Did he retire into obscurity having made this silly blunder?