What Is the Way Out of Here?

“It seems to be a fact that you have to suffer as much from the Church as for it,” Flannery O’Connor once wrote, and for Catholics, each day’s headlines this past year have been a ritualistic confirmation of that unsettling judgment.

The annus horribilis began in June 2018 with revelations that Pope Francis had removed the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, from public ministry following a confidential Church investigation that substantiated allegations he had abused a boy in New York City in the 1970s. One month later, Francis forced McCarrick, 88, to resign from the College of Cardinals — an exceedingly rare punishment.

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March 7, 2019

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