We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in church history
We urge this not primarily as journalists seeking a story, but as Catholics who appreciate that extraordinary circumstances require an extraordinary response. Nothing less than a full, personal and public accounting will begin to address the crisis that is engulfing the worldwide church. It is that serious.
Meanwhile, the derangement continues.
Anthony Fisher, the new archbishop of Parramatta, “used his inaugural Easter message to launch a scathing attack on atheism, while ignoring the sex abuse scandals besieging the Catholic Church worldwide,” reports the paper. It then quotes Fisher as saying:
“Last century we tried godlessness on a grand scale and the effects were devastating. Nazism, Stalinism, Pol-Pottery, mass murder and broken relationships: all promoted by state-imposed atheism or culture-insinuated secularism.”
Jonathan Turley responds, quoting Hitler in Mein Kampf emphasizing religious faith,then adds:
It appears that this is a new coordinated message of the Church, citing the scourge of secular humanism while struggling with its child abuse scandal.
During the height of Watergate, then-advisor John Dean told President Nixon the cover-up was “a cancer on the presidency.” Now, in 2010, there is certainly a similar cancer on the Papacy.