George Weigel, observing the occasion of his 1,000th column makes this statement.

Yet one more conviction links the 1000 columns, and in fact dates back to the earlier series of Catholic press columns I wrote from 1979 until 1986: the conviction that the Catholic Church in the United States, for all its difficulties, is more likely to be the “Church in the modern world” envisioned by the Second Vatican Council than any other local Church. To be sure, my understanding of what that might mean has evolved over time; I’d be a dolt if it hadn’t. But the conviction was there in the beginning, and it remains in force today.

Boy, I hope not.

*subhead*Weigel on the American Church.*subhead*