Bold depiction: This is an unprecedented moment in the history of the Catholic Church in America . . .

. . . “a moment of significant spiritual crisis.”

The essence of what it means to be a practicing Catholic hangs in the balance. This crisis has gnawed at the Church since January 22, 1973, when William Brennan, a Catholic associate justice of the Supreme Court and the chief architect of Roe v. Wade, sided with the court’s majority in legalizing abortion on demand and doing so with complete ecclesial impunity.

Since that day, with very few exceptions, Catholic politicians who support, advocate, and facilitate the killing of the unborn have stepped into the Communion line and received the Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

You don’t have to be Catholic to see it. Is there any organization that can claim its identity while remaining flaccid in what’s happened and to remain what it was?

It’s just a rule, a doctrine, the greater society says, and the institution replies with re-statements of its neutered position. Keeping its head down, saying in effect, So what? We don’t care! We don’t take ourselves seriously either.


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