The Church has suffered great losses in the past few years — enormous losses: Father Richard John Neuhaus, Cardinal Avery Dulles, Msgr. William Smith. Now, we’ve lost Ralph McInerny. My question—which I’m asking only, not answering, by the way — is who do we have to take their place? Or do we only have a giant void?
I asked several friends here at Benedictine College. Their responses made me realize I’m not prepared to answer the question, only to ask it.
1. Does America still have the academic capacity to produce minds of their caliber? These men are not only different in degree from smart folks, but almost different in kind. We’re talking about men who could grasp the nuances of...READ MORE