"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Friday, 26 July 2013


One of the most significant factors that influenced how Vatican II's documents were formed was the fact that two groups of theologians became acquainted in France. These were the Orthodox theologians who were refugees from Communist Russia, and the resourcement theologians like de Lubac, Danielou, Chenu, Yves Congar, Louis Bouyer etc. They almost certainly met at the SEmaine Liturgique that took place at the Institut Saint Serge in Paris every year; but they also contributed to the same journals etc, and there was Chevwtogne in Belgium as well. Thus phrases like "eucharistic theology", "synergy" and the three transcendentals, the good, the true and beauty are central to much Catholic theology now, having been imported from the Fathers of the Church. Here is an extremely able Orthodox theologian talking about "Beauty", which, as a reflection of God, is now a common concept, both in Orthodoxy and in Catholicism.

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