These are dark days in the Church. Like a lot of you, I wonder what’s going to happen. There will be a lot of damage to the institutional Church, that’s for sure, and maybe that has to happen.
But the Church is not primarily the institution of the Church. It is not primarily the clergy, the hierarchy. The primary definition of the Church is that it is us, its people. That definition of the Church has faced a lot of hardship throughout history, persecutions, etc. And there have been even worse scandals within the hierarchy than there are today, just not so much in modern times.
Could anything positive come out of this for us? Could this adversity lead to a stronger, better Church? In what ways?
I hope we can at least keep this discussion positive.