FAST FOOD: Thirty-Second Helping

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The de facto operational method of catechises in the institutional Constantinian churches in relations to war, violence and enmity is a process of saving people by protecting them from knowing what Jesus taught. It is a strategy of salvation by way of orchestrated ignorance.
-Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

“I returned to join the legion of those who corrected Thy mistakes. We corrected and improved Thy teaching. And men rejoiced at finding themselves led once more like a herd of cattle, and at finding their hearts at last delivered of the terrible burden laid upon them by Thee, which caused them so much suffering. Tell me, were we right in doing as we did? Did not we show our great love for humanity, by so mercifully lightening its great burden?”
-The Cardinal Grand Inquisitor speaking to Jesus, who has returned to earth, in Dostoyevsky’s literary classic, THE GRAND INQUISITOR

“If I am obliged to bring religion into an after-dinner toasts, (which indeed does not seem quite the thing), I shall drink—to the Pope, if you please, —still to conscience first and to the Pope afterwards.”
-Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman

“Certainly, one must follow an erroneous conscience.”
-Joseph Cardinal Ratszinger

“In a dispute a senior academic colleague, a strict catholic, who was keenly aware of the plight of being a Christian in our times, expressed the opinion that one should actually be grateful to God that He allows there to be so many unbelievers in good conscience. For if their eyes were opened and they became believers, they would not be capable, in this world of ours of bearing the burden of faith with all its moral obligations. But as it is, since they can go another way in good conscience, they can reach salvation.

According to this view, faith would not make salvation easier but harder.The erroneous conscience, which makes life easier and marks a more human course, would then be a real grace, the normal way to salvation. Untruth, keeping truth at bay, would be better for man than truth. It would not be the truth that would set him free, but rather he would have to be freed from the truth. Man would be more at home in the dark than in the light. Faith would not be the good gift of the good God but instead an affliction. If this were the state of affairs, who would have the courage to pass faith on to others? Would it not be better to spare them the truth or even keep them from it?”
-Cardinal Joseph Ratszinger, Workshop for Bishops, February 1991, Dallas, Texas

(To be continued)

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