I think Ms Scalia sidesteps the real matter: union with Rome. She and some of her commenters wonder about the state of grace of Rev Steve Whitney, or assume because he is a non-Catholic, he does not share our understanding of the Eucharist. Clearly, many self-styled orthodox Catholics need a deeper understanding of the real problems of ecumenism.
The offending priest has been suspended from duty, has issued an apology, and it seems a few Catholics believe enough is enough:
Some of us in the Catholic community may have the desire to metaphorically pump our fists, maybe a few will even have the urge to do this literally. While I’m pleased Bishop Brown took swift and decisive action to correct this situation, I have a heavy heart. Fr. Agustin made a terrible mistake, but I do not believe he is a terrible person or a terrible priest. He needs our prayers, our understanding, and most importantly he needs our forgiveness.
Some Catholics are still looking for a scalp on this. For them, the notion of scandal doesn’t really apply. It’s more about finding something to get angry about, churn up the bile, and round up a lynch mob.
Christians do important things aside from Sunday worship. I’m not sure why more churches don’t do more in areas outside of worship. At our parish, one of our students frequently organizes dialogue meetings: Catholic/Lutheran, Catholic/Mormon, Catholic/Muslim, etc.. He’s worked harder for ecumenism and understanding than anyone I know, including the pope. More Christians could be doing more along these lines. That would be a better avenue for Fr Escobar to explore with his colleague: dialogue, service, non-sacramental prayer, and study. We all realize that intercommunion is beyond most all of us at this time. We should be appropriately sorry for that, pray for its resolution, and cultivate a proper and public contrition. Then labor in the areas we can work in.
A good thing Bishop Brown can do is put the priest in charge of ecumenical affairs in his diocese. Tell him to study up on ecclesiology, too.