John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter offers a good summary and balanced assessment of the latest revelations about deep moral problems inside the Vatican. The news pains every Catholic the world over and deeply. But let's remember that the core of Catholicism is not about worshiping men with power or believing in the personal sanctity of leadership. The Church is both human and divine and we all do well to keep in mind what is what. The human element will always disappoint. The divine is the source from where our faith derives. One reason this blog focuses on liturgy and music in particular is because they are our portal to the divine. In times of crisis we need to cling to truth and we need sensory reminders of how and where to find it. Those who are involved in the great project of uniting the ritual to its native art are helping to provide those reminders.
Kathleen Pluth, S.T.L., hymn writer, catechist, and schola director