Pilgrims: The Uncertain Journey of American Catholics

Author: Paul Elie

April 1, 2004

In this Boston College Magazine article, Paul Elie ponders how conflict and uncertainty have propelled Catholic believers forward, even as the American Catholic Church wrestles with its own place in a historical journey oriented around the Second Vatican Council. Elie analyzes this contemporary pilgrimage in reference to the clergy sex abuse scandal, arguing that it has prompted contemporary Catholics to once again examine basic questions God, faith, and how that faith ought to be lived out. Elie concludes that it is too soon to tell how things will unfold, yet there is as much cause for hope as sadness.

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