According to Cathnews:
Marist Fr Michael Whelan, director of the Aquinas Academy in Sydney, Australia, responded to the bishops’ criticisms saying: “We have a right to know precisely what is doctrinally unsound with what Bishop Robinson has written and why it is unsound.
“It is a serious book and it demands a serious response,” Father Whelan added in his statement posted on the Aquinas Academy Web site May 19.
The “imprecision and vagueness” in the bishops’ “bland and defensive” statement, Fr Whelan said, is a “sad and discouraging reflection on the leadership of the Catholic Church in Australia, likely to confirm those who are unlikely to read Bishop Robinson’s book and alienate those who find it worth reading.”
Do they really want that? I do not believe that Fr Whelan is incapable himself of identifying the passages to which the “imprecise and vague” statement of the Australian Bishops refers. (He is, after all, an intelligent man). Nor can we seriously believe that the lay readers of Geoffrey Robinson’s book are so ill-informed. Essentially, the errors may safely be taken to be those bits of the book that simultaneously warm the hearts of dissenters and inflame the hearts of faithful Catholics.
In the meantime, Cathnews also reports that “at least 11 bishops, including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, asked Bishop Robinson to cancel his tour.” Unfortunately, we are not given a list of who these “at least 11” are. I take it that would be “at least” each of the 11 bishops in the 11 dioceses he would be visiting? No red carpet then? Small wonder.