9. März 2005

What’s So Great About Catholicism

Harry W. Crocker III zählt in bunter Reihe auf: Hoffnung, Inquisition, Kreuzzüge, Schweizer Garde und Fremdenlegion, Kunst, Freiheit, die Heiligen, Einheit, Sakramente und die Wahrheit. Ein bißchen zu triumphalistisch und unökumenisch, aber dafür mit schönen Passagen:

"Who ever heard of a deathbed conversion to Methodism?"

" In the words of the German priest, professor, and theologian Karl Adam,'Art is native to Catholicism, since reverence for the body and for nature is native to it.' The Puritan influence is foreign to Catholicism—just as the idea that smashing altars, defacing Madonnas, and breaking stained glass as a religious act is foreign, and indeed heretical, to Catholics. The Catholic Church leaves such Talibanism to the Protestants and iconoclastic heresies. The Catholic Church, instead, offers a celebration of beauty; and beauty, in our world of pierced faces, body tattoos, gangsta rap, and concrete tower blocks, is something we could use much more of."

"The true Catholic is a natural Tory anarchist—someone who believes in loyalty to persons, institutions, and the faith—semper fidelis—and in otherwise letting les bons temps rouler."

"Nothing else would matter about Catholicism if it weren’t true."

Und ein Zitat von Auberon Waugh, dem Sohn von Evelyn:

"There are countless horrible things happening all over the country, and horrible people prospering, but we must never allow them to disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to sabotage and annoy them whenever possible."

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