Russell Shaw’s clerical quartet

The past 40 years have been a troubled era for the church in America.

Catholic commentator Russell Shaw knows all about that. Indeed, few people have been more intimately acquainted with the ups and downs of these turbulent times than Shaw, a former spokesman for the U.S. bishops’ conference.

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  1. Jadot is a convenient target for people who look in rearview mirrors. And while Neuhaus is revered in theocon circles, is Mr Shaw serious about his influence in the wider church? I’d put a few bishops ahead of the man.

    As the decades roll on, it will be nice to be rid of the hand-wringing commentary about the “troubles” of the 20th century. Every age has its challenges. A perceptive observer might well conclude the opposite of Shaw: that the Church in the US was well on its way to being stabilized, thanks in part to the “Jadot bishops,” only to be jerked in another direction by his successor.

    It’s no more insightful to blame the challenges facing Catholicism in the last forty years on Vatican II than it would be to blame the lack of 19th century priests in the US on the popes of the 1800′s.

    Let’s get better commentary than Mr Shaw’s.

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