Sigh. The male Peggy Noonan, bless his earnest heart.
There is an intense piece by Rod Dreher over at TIME. The whole thing is worth a close look, but here are some longish samples.
NB: While I disagree with Drehers decision to leave the Catholic Church, I sure understand how he got to that point and I have to agree with a great deal of what he says about the squishy, formless pabulum Catholics have been fed for decades. Dreher, offering a salutary warning, also makes a connection between the destructive spirit of Vatican II and its potential replacement, a spirit of Francis.
There has been both lavish (nearly irrational) praise of Pope Francis and there has been harsh (nearly irrational) criticism of Pope Francis. I dont agree with everything that Dreher wrote here (of course I usually only agree entirely with myself), but I havent seen the points he makes put so eloquently.
While Drehers look at The Francis Effect may make you squirm a little, will any of you be willing to disagree with his vivisection of the American Church? When he talks about the effects of the spirit of Vatican II, doesnt he hit the nail square on?
We need this kind of hard-nosed, cool introspection. ...