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“The Church’s Greatest Crisis”
Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/8/18 | Fr. James Schall SJ

Posted on 10/09/2018 7:25:08 PM PDT by marshmallow

On September 21, the well-known German magazine, Der Spiegel, featured a long article on the whole career of Pope Francis under the title “The Greatest Crisis in the History of the Church.” The immediate issues brought up concerned the pope’s handling of abuse issues while he was still in Argentina. Most people are by now also familiar with the issues in this same area brought up by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vaganò’s testimony concerning former Cardinal McCarrick’s unfortunate record. In a situation such as this, most people also want to be as fair as possible to the pope. And most people want to know the facts.

People are also puzzled by the pope’s refusal to answer what seem to be quite legitimate and straightforward questions about what he teaches. Common sense would normally suggest that, if someone is not guilty, he would be anxious to state why, to clear the record, as it were. The pope’s silence, fairly or unfairly, suggests to most people of good will that something was covered up, something is not quite right.

People at all levels and particularly Catholics strive to know what is at stake. They are not interested in gossip or innuendo. They rightly want to know the truth; they want to hear a fair assessment of the situation from the pope himself; but they do not want their concerns dismissed. Their spiritual wellbeing depends on a Church sound enough to proclaim the truth, including the truth about its own members who are sinners. Catholics are not afraid of sin unless they cease to believe in the Church’s major teaching about sins, namely, that Christ came not to deny them but to forgive them. Even if the Church is no longer credible, we still remain in sin. That is good Pauline teaching.

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1 posted on 10/09/2018 7:25:08 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Thanks for posting this.


2 posted on 10/09/2018 7:46:15 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("There will be judgment without mercy, for those who have not shown mercy." - James 2:13)
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To: marshmallow

Thank-you and God Bless.


3 posted on 10/10/2018 5:18:42 AM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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