I have not gotten around to reading this until today, but this has prompted a reaction from Nicholas Lash, whose paper on Pelagianism in Heresies and How to Avoid Them was one of the best theological essays I read in years. I can suspect that these thoughts are lingering on the mind of some of our bishops around here, scions of the Old Establishment:
I call them the “Old Establishment” because for more than 80% of our written history, they were the Church established by law, and these days, to get anything done, you still need their support. The New Establishment is something on which I will write in the future.
Besides, I think such opinions are rampant not only among bishops, but perhaps among a large proportion of clergy, etc. Such words may have been uttered in England, but it may express the secret thoughts of those around these parts who lament that the average Catholic can no longer just “pray, pay, and obey.” Especially the last two!