In today’s On the Square article in First Things, Elizabeth Scalia reflects on the crisis of leadership in the American Catholic church (and elsewhere) in light of newly revealed scandals. Scalia, a Benedictine Oblate nun, focuses on the crisis of repentance which flows from interior threats to the Catholic church such as bad leadership, scandal, or factionalism. These crises make for a “long Lent” in which the season of dust and ashes seems never without end, with the hope that flows from resurrection and renewal a distant dream unrooted in reality.
But, even in the midst of Catholic scandal, Scalia observes there is always hope for healing from the haplessness that besets humanity, the healing that comes by casting our eyes on Jesus. Like the snake-bit followers of Moses who were healed by casting their eyes on the seraph, we can look to the seraph of Christ on the Cross.
Bad leadership, scandal, crisis–these are the vipers that strike the faithful and make the church disheartened. But God is faithful, and He–and only He–offers us the restoration we need to continue forward.