October 17, 2018

Lawrence P. Grayson, visiting scholar, philosophy, published commentary in Our Sunday Visitor on the crisis in the Church.

“The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals.” Father Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, made these comments about the future of the Church in a radio address on Christmas 1969.

Now, half a century later, his perceptions have become reality. Sexual abuse of children and adults by priests and bishops and their coverup has shaken the Church at all levels.

When tranquility is restored — although it appears distant — what will the Church look like, particularly in America? Father Ratzinger’s speculated:

“From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much.” ...

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