On the renewed visibility of the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal:
Reading through Dreher’s comments section I was struck by just how many people still believed in the Catholic Church while being appalled by the hierarchy. This is important because I feel the Church is the only organ out there capable of resisting Modernism but its clear that the hierarchy aren’t up to the task at hand. Any renewal of the Church, and therefore West, is going to be a “bottom-up” affair. Probably with much opposition from the hierarchy.
The Social Pathologist (emphasis added).
In Orthodox Christianity, we recognize that this has happened a time or two in history. I don’t know (I really don’t) how “bottom-up” fits conceptually in a Church with a postulated Magisterium and a Pope capable of infallible action.