Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George is getting lots of kudos for his speech to the Pope on the travails of the Catholic Church in the US. I’m not so sanguine about it.
For one thing he speaks as if the Church in the US is a faithful remnant striving against the tide of virulent anti-Catholicism, like it was the 19th century still, rather than facing the fact that the problem in the US is that Catholics are indistinguishable from non-Catholics in both behavior and moral outlook. Catholics are just as likely as non-Catholics to engage in the same immorality and to support it in others. And the fact is that this has happened on the watch of Cardinal George and all his brother bishops. But then blaming the problems on outside forces keeps the finger of blame from being pointed at them.