Even broken signs can point the right way #2
-Herbert McCabe OP, God Matters, 1987
McCabe was an interesting man, though highly flawed, it would seem. Fr John Orme Mills OP wrote a very balanced yet affectionate obituary. I heard him preach when I was a student and was impressed. At base there did seem to be a great love of Our Lord and an attempt to be faithful to his vows. His love and knowledge of the work of Aquinas was great. Yet he cloaked it with an almost wilful rebellion. The Marxism stuff was tiresome and anachronistic, given that the very people who had lived under Marxist regimes were just about to throw off that particular yoke. The Irish Republican stuff was even more of a pose given that he was a Mancunian - something of a plastic paddy - a breed who tend to be more Oirish than the Irish.
I once read or heard something about an incident whereby he responded with, ahem, unliturgical language when Fr Aidan Nichols OP (then a deacon) sought his blessing as celebrant (as per the rubrics) before the reading of the gospel. I can't find the anecdote anywhere and perhaps I shouldn't look as it puts him in a poor light. Does anyone know if it is true?
I'd be interested to know the thoughts of any caller here on Fr McCabe.