Heretics Then And Now

I picked this from Father Z, who in turn picked it from Let Nothing You Dismay.

It is so beautifully un-PC I must have it on my blog.


“If heretics no longer horrify us today, as they once did our forefathers, is it certain that it is because there is more charity in our hearts? Or would it not too often be, perhaps, without our daring to say so, because the bone of contention, that is to say, the very substance of our faith, no longer interests us? Men of too familiar and too passive a faith, perhaps for us dogmas are no longer the Mystery on which we live, the Mystery which is to be accomplished in us. Consequently then, heresy no longer shocks us; at least, it no longer convulses us like something trying to tear the soul of our souls away from us…. And that is why we have no trouble in being kind to heretics, and no repugnance in rubbing shoulders with them… It is not always charity, alas, which has grown greater, or which has become more enlightened: it is often faith, the taste for the things of eternity, which has grown less…”

Henri de Lubac: Further Paradoxes (Newman Press 1958) and reprinted in Paradoxes of Faith (Ignatius Press 1987)



Posted on February 23, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

    • Good morning, Sir!
      Happy to see here again!

      By the by, are you the skilled verse producer on “Rorate Caeli”, or am I confusing with someone else?


  1. And a very good morning to you, Sir!

    Unless they have quoted me without my knowledge,, no I am not. I am the versifier on my blog “Left-footer” at Google blogs.

  2. Mundabor,
    you write: “I think the man I am referring to has the moniker “Long skirts”.”

    Yes, you may well be right. Although I cannot resist to point out that this “man” you refer to, is according to “his” blog, a mother of ten children….

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