In the past, the problem has been that Mark makes up his own Magisterium which contradicts the one written by the Church. With his gross misunderstandings of theology and the Mystical Body of Christ, he takes pot shots at the people trying to exercise their vocation or ensure that his use of his platform is free of error and slander. Error and slander are things he -- we all are - responsible to correct.
His theology on covert operations of police, military and lay people to catch terrorists and murderers as forbidden by our faith is not Catholic theology. He has fooled himself into thinking the thoughts in his own head are Catechetical proscriptions of the Catholic Church.
The piece clearly indicates he is sorry, but I actually can't tell what conduct he is actually sorry about.
He mentions burning of Lila Rose at the stake, but his explanation led me to conclude he was sorry about his response to the stupid people who willfully refused to accept his caricature of Lila Rose as a liar whose ministry is forbidden by the Catholic Church. He seems to say that he wished he just called Lila first to get her to sign off on his mandatum.
I don't walk away with the conviction that he'll stop inciting contempt with lies and falsehoods against faithful Catholics who serve Christ through the legitimate and effective avocation (or in cases like Voris vocation) of Church Militant.
I can't sink my teeth into anything that tells me he understands how the Mystical Body works and his intentions are to cease and desist from inciting contempt with slander.
He repeatedly says it wasn't that he is wrong in his original opinion that Lila, or Voris or Fr. Wesst are lying and sinning - only that the way he expressed those opinions were ineffective and bitter and in the future, he will try to find ways to express his right opinions to be more convincing and persuasive.
Here's the irony - the fur started to fly when he wrote this excellent piece about the proper tone and conduct of an argument. How sin makes you stupid and immerses us in lies, darkens our intellect and makes us fight the light.
Wherein somebody responded:
I don't quite know how to take this. I want to assume you mean what you're saying, but it's not easy. You seem to take disagreement very personally. You also seem to have a quick fuse. Put those two together, and they produce a lot of sarcasm and insult instead of argument. I don't mind reading you when I disagree; I just brush you off. When I get really uncomfortable is when I agree with you. It's way to easy to join in your enjoyment of ridicule and belittling. I wonder if that's why a lot of people read you.
Whoah baby, did she ever hit the raw nerve.
Sometimes something comes along and changes us. That and the Sacraments - nothing is impossible with God. Time either heals all wounds or wounds the heel.
Writing about theology is incredibly convoluted. The mischief and peril can never really be understood unless you've experienced its traps.
You are in the public square like a clock that all kinds of people and principalities approach to wind up. Others fire their guns. Then, there is the crazies.
I pray God blesses his contrition and brings much fruit.