Monday, March 29, 2010

What Napoleon couldn't do, the Catholic Church seems quite capable of doing to itself

Nice anecdote to lead off Ross Douthat's NYT Op today:
During a frustrating argument with a Roman Catholic cardinal, Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly burst out: “Your eminence, are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?” The cardinal, the anecdote goes, responded ruefully: “Your majesty, we, the Catholic clergy, have done our best to destroy the church for the last 1,800 years. We have not succeeded, and neither will you.”
Apparently not for lack of trying, as the evidence trail of priestly sex abuse cover-ups points more and more directly at the Vatican itself.

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