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Commentary: There has been a psychic numbness at the heart of clerical culture that has enabled it to keep the most unsettling truths of the scandal at bay.
Appreciation: Gene Kennedy was direct, honest. The world of the clergy is sick, and the church would never heal from the abuse crisis until the entire culture was cleansed.
Appreciation: In his vision, the Divine imbued all matter, and the sacraments were aids to open our eyes to the richness of God's all-embracing love.
Eugene Cullen Kennedy was comfortable both inside powerful church circles and on the outside. He died Wednesday.