"For a host of structural and cultural reasons, the Church has for a miraculously long time been allowed a parallel track in history. It was, in some sense, an alterative to modernity, and, as well, a drag on it. It’s separateness, its largely unchallenged authority, have been crucial to its identity.  This is now coming to an end, one which history will judge as perhaps overdue, but nevertheless unexpected and abrupt.

We will tell our grandchildren about it," - Michael Wolff.

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