Ireland’s Robert Boylan has called our attention to two commentaries on recently-issued Gospel Topics essays from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The first is from Brant Gardner:
The second is from Clark Goble:
We’ve certainly taken hits. More than a few once-faithful Latter-day Saints have gone missing. All of us know people whose commitment to the Gospel, once fervent, has seemingly disappeared — or, at least, people who have children or siblings who have forsaken the faith. These departures are not to be minimized or ignored. They’re unutterably sad. And we should take whatever steps we can, while remaining faithful to the revelations given to us by the Lord and to the teachings and covenants of the Gospel, to prevent such losses.
That said, those who confidently predict the imminent demise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its pending collapse, appear to be a bit overenthusiastic. The news isn’t entirely bad:
In fact, there’s quite a bit of good news, as well. I try to share it from time to time.
And some other churches are facing some pretty major problems. Consider this call, for instance, to apply a kind of anti-trust or anti-monopoly policy to the Roman Catholic Church:
I wouldn’t hold my breath for Mr. Simon’s proposal to gain much traction, let alone to be carried out, but what he suggests would be the most radical change in Catholicism and mainstream western Christendom as a whole since at least the time of the Protestant Reformation.
Some of you may have heard that George Cardinal Pell has been convicted in a Melbourne court of the sexual abuse of a minor. I haven’t followed the case closely, although it did catch my eye because Cardinal Pell was the 2013 speaker in the same series of annual lectures on religious liberty at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law in Sydney for which I spoke late in 2018.
In a time of justifiably swelling controversy about clergy sexual misbehavior in the Catholic Church, that church’s image certainly doesn’t benefit from the conviction for sexual abuse of its ranking Australian leader, a former very high official at the papal court in the Vatican itself. Still, although I have no dog in the fight, I have to say that, based on what little I know about it, the case against Cardinal Pell seems at a glance to be distinctly weak:
Here’s a little bit on media bias — and specifically on media bias as it affects coverage of issues relating to religion, faith, and gender:
Finally, a senior writer from National Review visits Utah and jots down his impressions: