This is interesting. My friend Robert Mickens from The Tablet (but emphatically not speaking for them) spoke recently to the City Club in Cleveland on “The Vatican Implosion.”

From his introductory remarks:

I’ve chosen to speak to you today about what I’ve begun to call for several years now “The Vatican Implosion.” Now, what do I mean by implosion? Well, I define it as the collapse of an entire system, a structure, an ethos, a culture if you will, of global church governance. It’s the crumbling of what’s as close to an absolute monarchy as anything that ever existed in the world, certainly in the western world. In fact, the Catholic hierarchy, and certainly its center in Rome, could arguably be called the last absolute monarchy in the west today. It is imploding, I think, for a variety of reasons…

Listen to the whole talk:

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