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An editorial for the (comic) archives

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 20, 2012

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a short editorial about what it sees as a “larger, overarching crisis” in the Catholic Church.

There’s the Vatileaks mess, and some people think that’s a major scandal. Then the president of the Vatican bank was ousted.

That’s it? That’s all you’ve got? You think that’s enough to rattle the Vatican, which has withstood wars and plagues and heresies and revolts and corruption and neglect and crime and persecution for 2000 years?

But wait. To be fair, the Tribune-Review has more to say:

And there’s Benedict, 85, the oldest pope in 109 years. He’s finding if increasingly difficult to speak, walk — and, insiders say, lead.

Yes, he has trouble walking. Bad knees. But difficulty speaking? That’s pure fiction.

So, having exposed their ignorance about both Roman history and current Vatican affairs, the editors reach their conclusion:

If Pope Benedict’s successor similarly fails to lead and to reform the Vatican, scandals will continue to plague Roman Catholicism and the church surely will implode.

Thanks for your concern, folks, but the Catholic Church will survive this “crisis,” too. I just hope this silly editorial finds its way into the Vatican archives, so that sometime a few centuries from now, prelates can pull it out, enjoy a chuckle or two, and ask each other, “How long ago was it that the Tribune-Review imploded?”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Petronius - Jun. 20, 2012 8:29 PM ET USA

    The editor should be allowed his fantasy. It's all he has.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2012 7:13 PM ET USA

    If an observer of the Roman Catholic Church and the affairs of the Vatican since 2004 cannot clearly detect the broad, profound, and dare I pray, permanent reforms either perpetuated or initiated by Benedict XVI, then he either knows not what he's looking for, or, more likely, sees them plainly, comprehends their consequences, dislikes them viscerally, and therefore willfully ignores them. So much for most of the American press and other media...