Lessons from reformers past

Each of three late 15th- and early 16th-century firery Catholic reformers, Girolamo Savonarola, John Colet, and Egidio da Viterbo, saw the unpleasant truths of Christian life in his time—the complacency, the tepidity, the hypocrisy, and corruption in the Church. They remind us that nothing alienates faithful laypeople more reliably than clergy who violate the dignity of the vocation to which they’re called.