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By Kevin Wells, Crisis Magazine, March 3, 2022

Kevin Wells is a former Major League Baseball writer, Catholic speaker, and author of Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz (Ignatius Press). His best-selling book The Priests We Need to Save the Church was published by Sophia Institute Press in 2019.

Every now and then, as these things happen, she hears the voice of a child calling out to her from out on the lawn. She takes her eyes off of her work and looks about. She slowly eases her frail body off her rocking chair, gently places down her needlepoint, and calls out with all that her tired voice allows:

“Get off my lawn. This is my property. I’ll call the police!”  

Is this the image of today’s Church?

Has the Bride of Christ become like the old widow, who, caught within her inertness and fixed habits, periodically looks out into the flock—and rails against it? The once-resplendent and vibrant Bride sees the wandering child, the unformed, the lost soul, the broken marriage, the depressed teenager, the lonely cancer patient who will die unanointed and without absolution—and says: Scat! You get away from me.  …

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