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Removing the plank

PEOPLE and institutions that have lost touch with their brokenness and their humanity cannot offer moral guidance to anyone. As Jesus says in this weekend’s gospel “Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit?”.

The Post-Vatican II Church turned confidently towards the world, lifting up the light of the gospel message to a humanity that needed to hear it. The Conciliar document ‘Lumen Gentium’ spoke of the light of Christ being “brightly visible on the countenance of the Church”.

Today, some 54 years after the end of Vatican II, the Church it seems, has been knocked off of this lofty perch due to a seemingly endless series of sexual and financial scandals. With good reason, the people of today look at the Church and say “Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.”

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