There's a lot of ugly stuff going on in the Catholic Church right now. There are sex scandals, financial scandals and courtroom trials involving both.
We have the seemingly never-ending Catholic infighting on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites that gets really depressing.
And there is also the ongoing implosion of the millennia-old yet now anachronistic model of ecclesial structures and governance, which too many men in the Church (especially men!) are futilely trying to slow, if not reverse — again in all futility.
But I'm not going to address any of these topics this week. Instead, I'm going to offer, as I do only every so often, some very personal thoughts — this time about a good friend who's just turned 100 years of age.