Thursday, May 24, 2007
Personal Aside: Pope Adrian VI Had it Right and Thus it Shall Ever Be.
Renaissance Pope Adrian VI (the last non-Italian pontiff until John Paul II) once said of the Roman curia that its deficiencies and sins were so widespread that those afflicted by the vice did not even notice the stench anymore. He launched a reformation to cleanse itwhich failed.
Journalist Robert Novak who is a recent convert to Catholicism said that while he was considering joining the Church he read a history of its 2,000 years. There were so many rascals running it, high up in it, he said, that the institution has to be divinely incarnated in order to have survived them. While princes of the church were selling indulgences, Francis of Assisi was living in a cave. And Aquinas was teaching.
Their sanctity was the miraclein the midst of a cesspool.
And so he joined.
Here is DePaul University which glories in being the largest Catholic university in the country celebrating Gay Pride week. All this while a hypocritical American archbishop in Rome who has the job of re-converting secular Catholic-in-name-only universities doesnt even answer his mail from Catholic Citizens of Illinois which gives him chapter and verse about DePaul so pleased is he to have his Episcopal ring kissed by poor dumb baaing sheep who think that as hes in a line leading back to the apostles hes better than they are. Then he has the unmitigated gall to swing the incense burners and say he wants to return Catholic schools to the Faith.
God help us.
We have an archbishop here who says Hillary Clinton in speaking to the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls was speaking non-politically. Because he himself has two doctorates is a canon lawyer and is skilled in parsing language to the point where it has almost lost meaning, he has decided he can get away with this. Mrs. Mary Anne Hackett, the CCI c.e.o., in a letter to him says bluntly, surely, you dont believe this.
Of course he doesnt.
Thats not important.
He just thinks he can get us to believe it because hes a Prince of the Church.
And still and still its my Church and I love it.