August 7, 2018 – The Current Crisis and the Order of the Laity

Left to right: Orthodox theologian Nikolay Nikolayevich Afanasiev in undated photo (; Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, N.Y., is pictured in a 2015 photo in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller); Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl at the USCCB’s annual spring assembly in July in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

One of the most important works of ecclesiology to be published this century was the English translation of Fr. Nicholas Afanasiev’s The Church of the Holy Spirit, which appeared in 2007. It is a book that all Catholics, in this supreme moment of crisis, need to read. None need to read it more than the bishops, starting with Cardinal Wuerl, who recently floated an unacceptable, vague plan for bishops to hold each other accountable.


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