21 July 2015

October Song: The Church Must Do Her Duty by the Truth

Bishops must lead and ought to lead, but we must maintain the faith in the face of everything hell can throw at us. Excellent post at Rorate Caeli:

The Catholic Church then is, and always will be, violent and intransigent when the rights of God are in question. She will be absolutely ruthless, for example, towards heresy, for heresy affects not personal matters on which Charity may yield, but a Divine right on which there must be no yielding. Yet, simultaneously, she will be infinitely kind towards the heretic, since a thousand human motives and circumstances may come in and modify his responsibility. At a word of repentance she will readmit his person into her treasury of souls, but not his heresy into her treasury of wisdom; she will strike his name eagerly and freely from her black list of the rebellious, but not his book from the pages of her Index. She exhibits meekness towards him and violence towards his error; since he is human, but her Truth is Divine.  (Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, Palm Sunday Homily, Paradoxes of Catholicism).

October's Synod approaches...

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