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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Sept. 08, 2020

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.


Here we go again, but I’ll be brief.

We have yet another interview with yet another high-ranking churchman who betrays not the slightest understanding of what is required for Catholic renewal. See our story “Pandemic may have accelerated Europe’s secularization by 10 years, leading EU cardinal says”, and click through to the linked CNA coverage of the interview with Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

I don’t quarrel with Cardinal Hollerich’s suggestion that the (to him apparently unstoppable) trend toward further secularization has been accelerated, as measured by the expectation that Mass attendance will not rebound to pre-pandemic levels as restrictions ease (or, indeed, if restrictions ease). What bothers me, as usual, is Cardinal Hollerich’s apparent lack of understanding of the relationship between the cart and the horse when it comes to Catholic renewal. (In fairness, I should state that I have not found the full text of the interview in English, but what I have seen is disturbing.)  …

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