This attack on Scott Hahn’s theology of the Holy Spirit has been going on since 2002 when his book *First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity *came out. The *New Oxford Review *launched a scathing attack; Bishop Bruskewitz responded in Hahn’s defense in the pages of the National Catholic Register (13 October 2002).
Bruskewitz pointed out that, if you read the citations, Hahn's Pneumatology cannot really be considered all that original standing as it does on the writings of the Church Father (and Doctor of the Church) St. Ephrem of Syria, St. Methodius of Olympus, St. Catherine of Siena (also a doctor), St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Edith Stein, and "the contemporary thinking of the eminent Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger" (whom we now call Pope Benedict XVI).
At any rate, the attack must have been good for subscriptions because the *New Oxford Review *devoted another long article to attacking Hahn in June 2004. That article was attributed to someone named Edward O'Neill. Also around that same time Chris Ferrara and Bob Sungenis joined in the attack in an article in the traditionalist newspaper *The Remnant*. Scott Hahn sent a brief response to the NOR which they printed in their Sept. 2004 issue.
Last year, *First Comes Love *was released in paperback. The publisher took that opportunity to allow Dr. Hahn to make a few changes that help make the point a little clearer (particularly for those readers who did not bother to look at the endnotes in the first edition).
Receiving courtesy copies of the paperback seems to have been the catalyst for this current round of calumniation in the pages of the NOR (Sungenis has weighed in with another entry, this time on his website). If Hahn has replied, NOR has yet to publish it.
I found a [brief response]("http://www.lumengentleman.com/content.asp?id=310") on lumengentleman.com but Hahn seems to be letting the book speak for itself; there was no direct response either on [www.salvationhistory.com]("http://www.salvationhistory.com") or on [www.scotthahn.com]("http://www.scotthahn.com"). He did get permission from Doubleday to post a [pdf of the rewritten chapter]("http://www.salvationhistory.com/library/tradition/theology/appendix%20and%20notes.pdf") from the new paperback edition.
Whether Hahn is right or not about the Holy Spirit, he clearly does **not **say what the *New Oxford Review *article and Bob Sungenis' website are claiming. I can't find a single instance of him using feminine pronouns to refer to God and, as far as I can tell, his whole discussion is well within the teaching of the *Catechism of the Catholic Church*:
“He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the difference between the sexes. But the respective ‘perfections’ of man and woman reflect something of the infinite perfection of God: those of a mother and those of a father and husband.” (CCC370)