I know that some people think Hell must have just frozen over because I am about to pay a compliment to George Weigel. But, his post at First Things says some things that need to be said. At the most basic level, before we move on to discuss how the Vatican must change its ways, or what the current crisis means for ecclesiology, it is worth asking if the New York Times did a fair and accurate job reporting the story in the first place. I started asking that question in these pages the day after the Times story broke and Mr. Weigel has done an admirable job taking that criticism to the next level.
Michael Sean Winters