Given this I was heartened to read his comments reported in The Tablet:
Christianity, the world’s largest religion, is rapidly expanding – by all indications, its future is very bright.
This does come with a proviso however:
But there are also many conflicts within it, and these are particularly serious in the Roman Catholic Church, which seems on the verge of a very great split over the Vatican’s failure to listen to European Catholics.
The brief Tablet article makes mention of a Catholic “major schism over its moral and social teaching” and:
The Catholic Church faced a division over attempts by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to “rewrite the story” of the Second Vatican Council by portraying it as a “minor adjustment” rather than as a “radical move to change the way authority was expressed”.
Sadly I can’t source the origin of these comments.
I did ask for feedback on Twitter regarding MacCulloch’s comments on potential schism within Catholicism but was met with silence except for one assertion that he “hates Catholicism”. I’ve never got that impression from his writings.
Any comments on this would be welcome for my own understanding.
This is a good time to let you know that MacCulloch’s Gifford Lectures are now available online with the series title: “Silence in Christian History: the witness of Holmes’ Dog”.
For your ease here’s the links to each lecture:
The Guardian have a small write-up on the lectures and although I haven’t yet found space to listen to them, I bet they’re excellent.
Let me know your thoughts if you do give them a listen.