The day the Antichrist is ripped from his papal throne, true religion will guide the world. Or perhaps it’s the day the last priest is gutted, and his entrails used to strangle the last king, as Voltaire demanded. Yes, that’s when we will see at last the reign of bright, clean, enlightened reason—the release of mankind from the shadows of medieval superstition. War will end. The proletariat will awaken from its opiate dream. The oppression of women will stop. And science at last will be free from the shackles of Rome.Joseph Bottum has the answers to these and other bone-headed secularist questions at the Weekly Standard in what is perhaps the best defense yet of Pope Benedict on the trumped of charges of facilitating the child sex abuse scandal in the Church when in fact he was the one cleaning up the mess and this is pretty self-evident so why are so many critics completely ignoring it?
For almost 500 years now, Catholicism has been an available answer, a mystical key, to that deep, childish, and existentially compelling question: Why aren’t we there yet? Why is progress still unfinished? Why is promise still unfulfilled? Why aren’t we perfect? Why aren’t we changed?
Bottum has an answer to that question too. Read it here.