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Reformation Redux?

Korey D. Maas on Taking Heed of the Parallels Between the Crises of Yesterday & Today

In the aftermath of what has come to be called the "summer of shame" for the Catholic Church, commentators have increasingly referred to the scandal of sexual abuse and its cover-up as "the biggest crisis since the Reformation," leaving the church "at its most unstable moment since the Reformation." Whether this is entirely true or not, the perception has led at least one Catholic pundit to admit that, "for the first time, I understand how the Reformation happened."

Others, however, insist that "this is not like the Protestant Reformation; it's not," and that "you . . .

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Korey D. Maas is an associate professor of history at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.

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