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dancing in the end zone

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Apr 09, 2010

Simply put, what Rome says no longer matters.
Boston Globe editorials have been making that argument for decades. But now the Globe has found a new mouthpiece: an ordinarily intelligent Boston University professor, Andrew Bacevich, who specializes in international relations. It shows:
If Wall Street rules applied, the Catholic Church would today be filing for Chapter 11 protection while fending off an Anglican takeover bid — depending on your point of view, a delicious or ironic prospect.
Anybody who has followed religious affairs over the past decade will scratch his head over that sentence. Catholic dioceses are filing for Chapter 11 (bankruptcy) protection, and the Anglican communion is a takeover target. But the Bacevich column isn't really an analysis of facts. It's a proclamation.

The collapse of Christendom — the concept of a secular order based on Christian precepts — is now fully complete. So too is the triumph of modernity.

Writing about the storm of criticism loosed against the Church, Bacevich says that Easter Sunday was a "joyless occasion" this year. Yet the tone of his column is remarkably upbeat. The collapse of Church authority, he says, is "something that serious Catholics should relish." The Globe relishes it, anyway.  

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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