Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mark Shea, Catholic Perennialist

"The Catholic faith is utterly unique—because it is so much like so many other religious and philosophical traditions," begins his excellent article — What Makes the Catholic Faith Unique? I'm reminded of what Henri-Marie Cardinal de Lubac said in Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man:
    To see in Catholicism one religion among others, one system among others, even if it be added that it is the only true religion, the only system that works, is to mistake its very nature, or at least to stop at the threshold. Catholicism is religion itself.
And Martin Mosebach noted that Nicolás Gómez Dávila recognized this true nature of "the Catholic Church, which he did not regard as simply one of several Christian confessions, but as the great collecting tank of all religions, as the heiress of all paganism, as the still living original religion."

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Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

"An institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight."
-- Hilaire Belloc

The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its
-- Matthew Henry

If you say that the history of the Church is a long succession of scandals, you are telling the truth, though if that is all you say, you are distorting the truth.
-- Gerald Vann, _The Heart of Man_

The sort of man who admires Italian art while despising
Italian religion is a tourist and a cad.
-- G. K. Chesterton, "Roman Converts", _Dublin Review_,
Jan-Mar. 1925

Christ lives on in the Church, but Christ crucified. One might almost venture to say that the defects of the Church are His
-- Romano Guardini, _The Church and the Catholic_

For all in common she prays, for all in common she works, in the temptations of all she is tried.
-- St. Ambrose, _Selected Works and Letters_

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Great quotes! Thank you!

3:32 AM  

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