A few blogs ago, I quoted Joseph Ratzinger from his 1968 classic “Introduction to Christianity”, saying:
“The sharpest critics of the Church in our time secretly live on this dream [ie. that the members of the Church are holy, sinless men]… and, when they find it disappointed, bang the door of the house shut again and denounce it as deceit.”
You won’t find a better example of this assertion than over on the Stephen Crittenden Show (The Religion Report) where they get Jason Berry and Paul Collins in to discuss the “retirement” (for want of a better word) of Fr Marciel Maciel, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ.
As an example of contemporary religious journalism, this really represents something of a low point.