WHETHER we scan the local scene or the global environment, it is difficult not to feel that many of the institutions which have defined civilisation in the last century are under attack or are crumbling before our eyes.
The clerical abuse scandal has shaken our Church to its core, reaching to the highest levels, archbishops and cardinals, those towering figures in the magisterium who have been found sadly wanting. The Pope has summoned a meeting of bishops to address this crisis.
The high regard we may have had for the president of the United States as the world’s most powerful nation and defender of democracy has declined in the face of the presidency of Donald Trump which is upending cherished values of truth, rectitude, and restraint. The world struggles to reconcile the values reflected in the Statue of Liberty with the building of a wall on the border with Mexico.