The consequences of warnings ignored

Richard McBrien; 3/5/10

Richard P. McBrien. is the Crowley-O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

The situation in the Catholic church is similar to the situation we find today in U.S. politics. In both realms, there is a significant group that is disaffected. The difference is that seriously disaffected Catholics tend to be somewhere left of center, while seriously disaffected Americans tend to be on the right. What they have in common is a deep sense of alienation from those in power, whether in the church or in the nation. Catholics who had invested their hopes in the renewal and reforms brought about by the Second Vatican Council are discouraged and demoralised because those hopes seemed to have been dashed by two consecutive, aggressively conservative papacies and the bishops they have appointed and promoted.