This Easter Christians have an opportunity to reflect on the message of Christ's redemption and commit to putting their faith into action by tackling the injustices that keep many millions of people from a life lived in all its fullness. In the past, people of faith have been seminal in bringing about social change.
These days we don't exactly dwell on the brutal symbolism of burning Guy Fawkes in effigy, but it still creeps into my mind that modern "family-friendly" Bonfire Nights still have a tinge of the manic wildness of popular revelry as well as the dire retributive violence of the state confronted by a threat.
Ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, it's a good time to review the Pope's handling of the child abuse crisis, which so plagued the papacy of his predecessor. Few would dispute that clerical child abuse was the most pressing issue, given that his predecessor's lamentable performance on this was widely thought to be the main reason that a papal election took place.