• Courtesy of Frum Forum
  • Rod Dreher

John Kass’s Thursday column on Pope Francis taking the helm of a “church in crisis” makes points about faith and secularism that deserve comment.

The points are familiar ones.

Kass writes:

As the scandals and the cover-ups have cost Catholic leaders the moral authority required to act as good shepherds, the onslaught of a strident secularism, particularly in the West, has weakened Christianity generally.

Is it our ravenous consumerism? Our hunger requiring shiny new objects and ever-stronger sensations?