Responsum ad Dubium
And, Patrick, I'm not speaking of an MC figure (who is usually a cleric or seminarian). I'm speaking of lay liturgical ministers, in particular lectors and extraordinary ministers of Communion, where necessary.
This clamor for Uncle Ted (McCarrick's) scalp is really worrisome. It is a new low of politicization and the interference of secular worldviews into the life of the church. I have never heard of a bishop's (let alone a cardinal's) 75th birthday wildly anticipated in this manner. When Mahony hits 74, the celebrating among cons will begin like it's 1999. (Cons have always loved Prince, e.g. "Purple Rain" in Philly.)
But who appointed McCarrick and Mahony, again? Oh, that's right, they weren't elected by the people of their dioceses, they were elected by John Paul, whom the cons like to call "the Great" -- except when they don't like his handpicked bishops.
All this stupid hoopla is very much akin to this time last year. As June 13, 2004 approached, some crazy perverts established websites counting down months, days, hours and minutes until Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turned 18.
Did this mean that they'd actually have a shot at bedding the Olsen twins once their 18th came? Of course not; the caliber of people who could actually have a life. But it was nutty people's way of lusting after a fantasy, as we're seeing in an ecclesiastical context here....
McCarrick has always been sweet and charming, but I've never seen him as anything approaching an Olsen twin. Apparently, the rightward fringe feels differently.
That's par for the heterodox course.