We are at a time in the history of the West when challenges to our heritage and values arise in a global context — rather than from within as they did so toxically in the 20th century. Whether from within or without, the centre must hold, and it must hold over milleniums.
With all the ambiguities, contradictions and caveats, it is the Roman Catholic Church that has held for the West. William Thorsell, Globe and Mail.
William Thorsell is director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum.