The Catholic Church’s Biggest Crisis Since the Reformation

VATICAN - The Catholic Church is facing its most serious crisis in 500 years. In these last few months, a new wave of clerical sexual abuse revelations left the world in shock. From Australia to Chile to Germany to the United States, horrifying reports revealed thousands of cases of child molestation by members of the clergy.

300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania alone over seven decades. In late August, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal diplomat, published a letter accusing Pope Francis of knowing about McCarrick’s sexual abuses for years and helping to cover them up. Viganò concluded by calling on the pope to resign.

The Viganò letter, and the scandal itself, have sent shockwaves through a foundation that was already cracked. The church is bitterly divided between progressive and conservative wings. This split is particularly pronounced in the United States, where highly mobilized, neo-traditionalist Catholics took up Vigano’s call for Francis’ resignation.

In desperate need of institutional reform and facing growing political, theological, and geopolitical rifts, the church has not experienced so great a crisis since the Protestant Reformation. Unlike that of the sixteenth century, the current situation probably won’t result in a schism or the establishment of new churches. But to understand the magnitude and complexity of what is now taking place, we have to look that far back, and to so significant a rupture.

Our comment

Both the Roman Catholic Church and the EU are in chaos – and in need of strong leadership. The European leaders have gone to the Pope, seeking help and advice to save their faltering dream. What help can the Catholic Church give when it too is suffering a major leadership crisis?

The political chaos in Europe is crying out for strong leadership. Strong leaders are needed in time of extreme crisis. Strong leaders will be provided – after major changes in both Europe and the Roman Catholic Church.

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Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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