Quin Abbey in County Clare--a fitting symbol of the
fact that The Irish Church is in ruins, but this time
because of its own abuses of power. Will the American
Church be far behind?
Speaking of secularization, another tidbit that got dropped this afternoon from a Dutch friend of mine is that Dutch dictionaries no longer carry “Catholic” words such as tabernacle, thurible, miter, font, or confessional. This is perhaps even more alarming as it represents a clear pushing of religion to the margins of society when you take its vocabulary out of public use. It is hard to believe here in Rome with a church on every corner and votive shrines in the alleys between but secularization is fast overtaking European society—and America is not long behind. Wise church leadership would look at the reasons and forces that are pushing religion out of the public square and do something about it, but then a Church as fractured as the American Church has allowed itself to become is having its energy drained by internal squabbles and is in no shape to face external crises. Que peccato as they say here in Roma.