Thanks to Facebook I have had the good fortune to "meet" Eric Stoltz, a Catholic deacon, (among other things) who lives in Los Angeles. He is one of the authors of the book Ascend, which I reviewed recently.
In any case, Eric wrote a really interesting post on what would happen if the premise of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons happened. If you have not read the book or seen the film, it is about a plot to "end" the Roman Catholic Church by destroying St. Peter's and all the cardinals.
Oh, if it would be but that simple. Church is not a building or an institution but rather the assembly of all the people. As a result, it is not so easily undone.
Eric wisely points out:
"Dan Brown, for all his ridiculous notions and silly ecclesiology, may have given us something significant to ponder. If such a catastrophe as depicted in “Angels and Demons” were to occur, it would not be the end of Christianity, but rather a new era for the disciples of Jesus."
A new era. It is bound to happen if we are even remotely eschatalogical in nature. And like all things of God, it is likely that whatever happens will be most unlikely and beyond our imagining.
You know - kind of like the enfleshment of the Spirit that many of us have been celebrating these days.