From the Summer, 1995 issue of Touchstone
A Hope of Collapsing Churches by David Mills


A Hope of Collapsing Churches

The Present Malaise & Future Hope of the Mainline Churches

From a distance, the castle’s towers rise high above the countryside, its flags snapping in the wind. Its walls stand massive and secure, and the life inside continues much as it always has. And yet its foundation is cracking and sinking, the walls are beginning here and there to crumble, its flags are tattered, the roofs are full of holes, and many of the windows are broken.

Such, certainly, are the mainline churches. Such also is Rome, seen as a whole; that is, as including Hans Küng and Rosemary Radford Ruether as well as Pope John Paul II. . . .

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