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Thursday, March 28, 2019

To Love the Church in Such an Hour as This

Elsewhere you can read some brief thoughts of mine on how it is both possible and necessary to still love the Church and all in it even in this dark hour of unrelenting news of abuse and cover-up.

That love, however, as I try to make clear in the piece, cannot allow for perpetrators to be let off the hook, nor for the conditions under which abuse and cover-up happened to go on. Love, in other words, demands serious reforms. Real love requires major change such as I propose in Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power. Love without such changes is no love at all.

I reference a rather simple and accessible, but still powerful, book that I read twenty years ago but have gone back to with my ecclesiology students: Loving the Church by Christoph Schönborn. It seems today more than ever the challenge is indeed to love the Church when she seems so loveless and unworthy. But love will redeem this situation and all of us, and it will not be redeemed without love.

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