Sep 17, 2018
The speaker was a highly sophisticated layman, possessor of a doctorate and professor of theology at a major Catholic university. We had been discussing the metastasizing scandals plaguing the Church – scandals concerning ex-Cardinal McCarrick, the Pennsylvania grand jury, what the Pope knew and when he knew it,and on and on. Then, unexpectedly, my companion said this:
"There is something truly demonic about all this. The Catholic Church was virtually the last voice being raised against the sexual revolution. And that voice has been silenced."
I glumly agreed. "Who would listen to anything the Church had to say about sex now?"
Although it didn't occur to me to make the point, it hardly needs saying that sexual morality is far from being the only matter on which the Church's voice has been effectively silenced. Don't expect the Church to get much of a hearing for a while on immigration policy, race and racism, or other urgent matters about which Catholic social doctrine has something important to say.