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By David Warren, The Catholic Thing, June 2, 2023

David Warren is a former editor of the Idler magazine and columnist in Canadian newspapers. He has extensive experience in the Near and Far East. …


That Clericalism is a pejorative I gather. Mostly it is heard from the lips of the most powerful ecclesiastics; the pope, for instance, often mentions it. The word seems to enjoy more repetition than any other sin. What does it mean?

“Clericalism is a perversion and is the root of many evils in the Church: we must humbly ask forgiveness for this and above all create the conditions so that it is not repeated,” he famously remarked, to the Synod of 2018 on Young People.

That was about when I started looking for the meaning of this term. “Diversity” might describe the variety of ways it is defined. …

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