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George Weigel says we must ponder the Cross in order to reform the Church :

We would have arranged things differently; we would have chosen another kind of Messiah—that theme runs like a bright thread throughout Lent, in the readings from the Old and New Testaments that the Church assigns to the liturgy during the Forty Days, so that the Church can ponder again the full panorama of salvation history. And as the Holy Father suggested in the Sistine Chapel, the temptation to deny the Cross is perennial.

Also today, Carson Holloway explores Bret Stephens’ attack on priestly celibacy :
Stephens admits that, according to the evidence we have, the vast majority of Catholic priests are  not  sexual abusers of children. But never mind. Scientific empiricism aside, his principle at least sounds reasonable, and it might work out to be true in the long run and in the aggregate even if the presently available evidence does not support it. Is it not futile and dangerous to try to conquer our natural and ordinary desires?



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