[quote="SyroMalankara, post:17, topic:445872"]
He was attempting to integrate Roman Catholicism to a prejudiced American Anglo-Saxon protestant culture. Introducing these new ethnic folks with their married priests and leavened bread, would have, he thought, crack the narrowly focused narrative he and his predecessors (however well intentioned) had spent decades creating. How would he explain married priests to a group he'd spent decades catechizing celibate priesthood, as a mark of Catholic exclusive grace? Also, the time spent on documents and teaching tools that were pro-Roman, yet subtly anti-Eastern would have to be changed, if not eliminated.
I'm not defending him, just presenting the perspective.
I am familiar with it, also given the majority of Catholics in the US were either from Western Europe and many, many of them emigrants from my home country he would have ended up fighting to change attitudes with fellow Catholics as well. Certainly most of my own relatives are totally unaware of the Eastern Catholic Churches, when my aunt who is a religious sister verified in a conversation that I was correct about infant communion and marriage of priests been allowed in some of these Churches many were appalled. The general response of some of the older family members was, "When is Rome going to teach them to be 'proper' Catholics?" Bishop Ireland been from a rural Irish background likely also understood that sort of clash was going to start and be far worse in an age where people had far less access to information. Irish Catholicism has always very much viewed things as if it's not done how we do it in Ireland it's not the right way and you can go for hours arguing with some Irish Catholics on that and get nowhere.