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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on January 14, 2014.

eNewsletter Subject: The Church is, um, S-P-E-C-I-A-L

The title of this message is not meant to convey my own personal satisfaction with the Church, but to point to something deeper: The Church really is the most extraordinary institution on the face of the earth—ever.

Given this reality, it is painful to see how many Catholics act as if the Church is subject to their own judgment, and treasured only on their own sufferance. For them, the Church is merely an association. Hence the topic of my latest In Depth Analysis:

Death by Association: The Church Transcends Your Own Identity

Meanwhile, Phil Lawler has brought us up to date on the human face of the Church in On the News: With new cardinals, a few surprises. And also, I guess, with his brief City Gates comment: A refreshingly candid explanation of a diocesan bankruptcy....

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