Elizabeth Scalia, editor of the Catholic portal at patheos.com (a great set of Catholic blogs there!), links to Roger Cohen of the New York Times. As Scalia relates, Cohen says what everybody should recognize but rarely want to express: things are not going well. Scalia:
It is, finally, perhaps a time of dawning realization that the centers are not holding; old orders are in extremis; new orders are in capricious adolescence.
troubles briefly enumerated in this sobering op-ed are only the most
obvious issues. They are the pebble tossed into the pond, rippling
outward in ever-widening circles — expanding to include a unique “time”
of global crisis: governments failing at every level, everywhere;
churches are divided, their freedoms challenged; citizens are
distracted, dissatisfied and distrustful, their election mechanisms in
doubt; schools are losing sight of the primary mission of education;
families are deconstructed and the whole concept ripe for dissolution;
respect for human dignity is doled out in qualified measures; there is a
lack of privacy; a lack of time to think, to process and to incarnate; a
lack of silence.