POPE GREGORY XVI on Freedom of Speech

Pope Gregory XVI
Pope Gregory XVI

MIRARI VOS

ON LIBERALISM AND RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENTISM

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE GREGORY XVI

“14. This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. “But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error,” as Augustine was wont to say.[21] When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly “the bottomless pit”[22] is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the Read More

The Sins of the Fathers

The Saints in Heaven
The Saints in Heaven

Sainthood seems to be a universal title given to a notable heroic figure in human societies. A hero that lives on in the memories of all those who want an example to follow, a person who will never be forgotten after death.

I noticed the reverence that Catholics have towards their Saints and their lives in service to God. Of course, many Saints were once what seemed to be incorrigible sinners, and yet all the faithful understand that it is the human struggle against sin and error and overcoming them and that in the end there is a culmination in the end of their corporal lives which results in being united with Truth and seeing the full beatific vision of God.

A corporal life on the temporal plane is only but a minute, a mere droplet … Read More