These are not the darkest days in our Church. Six months or a year ago it was far darker. Because then the cancer that is now open and exposed on the operating table was silent and unseen and doing its deadly work as it had been for decades. Yes, the surgery is awful and bloody and no fun. But the surgery is vastly preferable to simply letting the cancer kill us. This is a textbook example of “losing your life in order to save it”. The Church will never be the same–and that’s good!