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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Pope Benedict XVI

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“Yet we must guard against the arrogant claim of setting ourselves up to judge earlier generations, who lived in different times and different circumstances. Humble sincerity is needed in order not to deny the sins of the past, and at the same time not to indulge in fascile accusations in the absence of real evidence or without regard for the different preconceptions of the time. Moreover, the confessio peccati, to use an expression of Saint Augustine, must always be accomplished by the confessio laudis – the confession of praise. As we ask pardon for the wrong that was done in the past, we must also remember the good accomplished with the help of divine grace which, even if contained in earthenware vessels, has borne fruit that is often excellent.”

Pope Benedict XVI

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

4 Comments

  1. It is one horror to be destroyed by an enemy, it is another, far more horrible, to willfully hand that enemy the means by which they will accomplish their evil.

    We’re not talking here about handing Goliath a sling so that he can fight with David fairly, though with todays moral confusion, I’m certain many of our present leaders would demand that happen..

  2. I’m glad you posted this. Last week, there was a rash of facebook posts bashing any involvement with WWII. The bashing was so bizarre. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. The minority of people were saying, “you have no idea what it was like back then, so you can’t use today’s standards to judge it.” I’m so glad I homeschool — no revisionist history. I’m kind of shocked by Catholics who prefer revisionist history.

  3. “I’m kind of shocked by Catholics who prefer revisionist history.”

    Our involvement in WWII shatters the neo-pacifist utopia make believe world that they seek to inhabit. Thus they take refuge in myths and lies.

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