I don’t know how many people who read this blog also read Amy Wellborn’s Open Book blog. Those familiar with it know it’s a place where a lot of discussion happens among Catholics of all stripes–well, mostly on what would generally be considered the "conservative" end of the spectrum, but still, many viewpoints are represented. There’s a particularly interesting and quite long thread in progress now . It started out as reaction to the news of the Shanley verdict (I assume no one needs that explained). It has now grown to include a lot of reflection (and of course a certain amount of ranting) about what’s wrong and how we, the laity, can and/or should proceed to do our part for … hmm, I was about to type the word "renewal," then realized that there is a bit of an odor about the word–just as I was about to type the word "diverse" to describe the participants in the discussion, and stopped because of the outright stink of cant that now clings about it.
But let me proceed anyway: renewal, or as my evangelical friends say, revival, is now more than ever an urgent need. I’m particularly taken with some remarks by Sherry Weddell, who runs something called The Catherine of Siena Institute . You’ll probably by necessity end up skimming some of the comments, but many are very much worth your while. As of course are Amy’s introductory remarks.