Apparently Mark Shea will be braving the cold and coming to St. Paul for a debate tonight. Seriously - he is walking into an extremely hostile environment ...
It will certainly be an interesting, if not confrontational exchange, especially since the parish wherein the debate takes place has for it's pastor the Rev. John Echert, a former professor at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, whose position on the subject of conversion of the Jews cost him his job at the University of St. Thomas:
That response also cost me my tenured position at our seminary and Catholic university. When I returned from the desert and was released from active duty, I was not allowed back into the classroom. I was falsely accused of being “anti-Semitic” by a bishop and a rabbi but I refused to retract my statement. In the end the controversial document Reflections on Covenant and Mission was dumped, as was I. But divine providence rescued me to become pastor of churches at which we offer Tridentine Masses daily. - JP Echert
God is good.
Good luck Mark.