Editor’s note: Matthew Kenefick is a Church historian and contributing writer for The American Spectator, First Things, Catholic Exchange and other periodicals.
As I am a Church historian, my first reaction to the news was relief.
The election of Pope Benedict signaled the beginning of the end of 40 years of purgatory that began with the post-Vatican II co-opting of “the spirit of Vatican II.” Of course the Church is divine, but its earthly members are sinners and very fallible.
For a variety of reasons, including the “progress” of science, resurgent Islam and the growing prosperity of a newly globalized world, the Church faced worldly challenges on all sides. In addition,...READ MORE