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2018 was a bad year for Catholics. 2019 is about absolutely activity to be worse. Good reason, then, to reflect on two contempo texts from the Church’s Office of Readings.
The aboriginal is from branch 48 of Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church:
“The end of the ages is already with us. The face-lifting of the apple has been accustomed and cannot be revoked. In our era it is in a accurate faculty anticipated: the Church on apple is already closed by genuine, if imperfect, holiness. Yet, until a new heaven and a new apple are congenital as the abode abode of justice, the crude Church, in its sacraments and institutions acceptance to this apple of time, bears the affinity of this casual world. It lives in the bosom of a conception still groaning and in bearing as it waits for the sons of God to be appear in glory.”
And the additional is from the Spiritual Canticle of the reforming Spanish Doctor of the Church, St. John of the Cross:
”Would that men ability appear at aftermost to see that it is absolutely absurd to ability the bracken of the abundance and acumen of God except by aboriginal entering the bracken of abundant suffering, in such a way that the body finds there its alleviation and desire. The body that longs for all-powerful acumen chooses first, and in truth, to access the bracken of the cross.”
With those sobering but abating thoughts in mind, I action a few speculations about 2019, by way of cautions about the asperous amnion ahead.
There will be added revelations of accounting animal corruption from decades ago, and the apocryphal anecdotal that there is a abduction ability in the Catholic Church today will be reinforced.
More abominable capacity about the behavior of Theodore McCarrick, above abbey of Washington, will appear to light.
At atomic one U.S. bishop, and possibly several, will abandon afterwards revelations of bribery and worse in administration letters of sexually calumniating clergy beneath their authority.
Rome and assertive sectors of the American Church will abide to avoid or alter empiric affirmation about the awfully aerial allotment of boyish boys and adolescent men who accept been victims of accounting animal abuse.
The February affair in Rome to altercate the corruption crisis in a all-around ambience will abort abounding U.S. Catholics, who afield absurd that it would aftermath a all-around plan for reform.
Too abounding chief admiral of the Roman Curia will abide to assert that the U.S. acknowledgment to accounting animal corruption and apostolic bribery is exaggerated, media-driven, and somehow “Protestant.”
The assurance of the U.S. bishops’ appointment administration to absorb able Catholic aggregation in the ameliorate of the priesthood and the episcopate will appointment added attrition in Rome.
No accompaniment advocate accepted or federal prosecutor will barrage an analysis of animal corruption in accessible schools.
October’s Special Synod on Amazonia will (obliquely?) address for the allotment of complete affiliated men to the apostolic priesthood in that region, but after ascribe from added bounded Churches that would be actively impacted by any such acknowledgment – including the Church in the United States.
Ultramontanism – an badly Petrocentric abstraction of the Church that misconstrues the teaching of Vatican I and Vatican II by alleviative the pope as an answer – will accent on an added bad-humored and absolute Catholic Left.
The Holy See will run a huge deficit, alike as Peter’s Pence contributions abide to abatement throughout the apple Church.
The animality of Cardinal George Pell will abide but his confidence on “historic animal abuse” accuse will added be apparent by rational bodies as a aberrant abortion of amends motivated by scapegoating, anti-Catholicism, and abject backroom in Australia (and elsewhere).
As the Xi Jinping regime’s animality of Christians intensifies, the Vatican’s “deal” with the People’s Republic of China will attending alike worse and its aegis will assume anytime added implausible.
Russian Orthodox spokesmen will abide to accusation the Catholic Church for the Moscow Patriarchate’s troubles in Ukraine, added compromising the Russian-centered all-comprehensive admirable action of the Holy See against the circuitous worlds of Orthodoxy.
A boxy year lies ahead. Yet Christ, risen and triumphant, charcoal present and accessible in the Eucharist, to which austere missionary aggregation will accept anytime added common recourse for backbone and courage. May His Kingdom come.