Amy Welborn on the Holy Father’s Letter to the US Bishops

When I was in grad school one of my professors was a major Bologna School historian, who liked to tell the story of attending the opening of Vatican II as a seminarian, by pretending to be part of a bishop’s entourage.

I was thinking of him today while, astonished and heartsick, I read the Holy Father’s letter to our bishops on retreat, in particular pages 3-6.

Of all of the problems in this world, it seems to me that the sexual molestation of children and vulnerable adults is the one to caution for the just application of ideals and principles, and against moral relativism.

To see this literally excruciating moment of self-knowledge and conversion turned into yet another opportunity for proposing the creation of a postmodern, postChristian ecclesial community is nearly unbearable.

Thankfully, Amy Welborn thinks it through, so you and I don’t have to.