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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Dec 12, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

An apocryphal quote about the Titanic reads, “God himself cannot sink this ship.” A more intriguing statement is similar without the blasphemy. Jesus guarantees that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Catholic Church (cf. Mt. 16:19). The Devil himself cannot sink the Church. Is the hope reasonable?

Chesterton writes, “Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all.” John the Baptist was on Herod’s death row, having no hope of saving his life. Thoughtful Catholics—and many Americans—have the same anxiety. Things are hopeless. Is there reason to despair? …