Today, Our Sunday Visitor published Father Barron's further reflections on the crisis facing the Catholic Church.
"Once again we’re living in scandal times.
The 'Long Lent' that the American church endured in 2002 has now descended on the European church.
A significant difference is that this time the Pope himself has come under scrutiny.
Once again, the news media are in a frenzy—CNN has blanket coverage, the New York Times is running daily stories, and thousands of blogs are buzzing.
In preparation for a television interview, I spent an entire day reading almost everything I could find in both the American and international press (I’m currently in Rome as a visiting professor) and found the process dismaying, depressing, and dispiriting.
But what particularly struck me was this:
though the scandal has been analyzed legally, institutionally, psychologically, and culturally, it has rarely been looked at biblically—even by church representatives themselves.
And this is tragic, for the Bible, the Word of God, is the definitive lens through which the whole of reality is most rightly read, and church men and women above all should know this..."