|Our Southwest border is not exactly Ellis Island, but the American Catholic Church is trying it's best to return to the Church of Ellis Island. That's not necessarily a totally good thing.
As much as it sometimes gives me heartburn, I will still read the comments section of the National Catholic Reporter because I will often find gems which help illuminate our current Catholic situation. One such gem is reprinted below. It's by LittleBear whose comments are frequently illuminating. This comment was written as a response to Robert McClory's piece on the hermeneutic of discontinuity. I posted McClory's piece in full earlier in the week. LittleBear gives an historical perspective for why institutional American Catholicism is looking startingly retro: