The NCR goes on to describe the ACC as "a coalition of liberal Catholic groups seeking changes in the church [sic]." It also reported that the ACC has experienced "a sharp spike in visits to its Web site, and in registrations for the convention" since Archbishop Vigneron expressed his concerns about the group and its conference Mass. One wonders what would constitute a "sharp spike in visits" to a "liberal Catholic" website - maybe this means they got an extra visitor? (Sorry, I couldn't help myself!)
Writing in Spero News, William Donohue, President of the Catholic League, believes that: "It is with good reason that Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has warned local priests and deacons not to participate in the American Catholic Council event: many of those who will attend the event, and those who are on record supporting it, reject core teachings of the Catholic Church." He went on to say (with some pertinent humour): "Indeed, this loose confederation of Catholic senior citizens has long been in open rebellion with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church."
In a letter dated 3 June, Archbishop Allen Vigneron said that his main objection to the closing Mass at the ACC convention was that: "There are good reasons for believing that a forbidden concelebration will take place by the laity and with those not in full communion with the church." It seems that some are questioning why the Archbishop would assume that serious abuses will occur at this Eucharist, but most people who have experience of "social action" (NCR's words) groups such as ACC can probably guess what sort of things will be encouraged at its liturgy.