Slaughtering blood death

It would be foolish to underestimate the power and craft of a 2,000-year-old institution with more than a billion adherents and a long legacy of empowering tyrants, slaughtering enemies and dominating Europe.

Gosh, outsiders make us Catholics sound so cool and dangerous.  It’s awesome statements like that really piqued my interest in the Catholic Church.  There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about an institution that can invite such words.

When your spiritual or church life is feeling a bit mundane, it is always a useful exercise, as Chesterton said, to try to see the Church as an outsider might.  Get far enough away to see it freshly.  This quote is not an example of this (they’re still too close), but it still is helpful.  We belong to a Church that people can look at, and say…well…this.

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~ by Rob on November 28, 2008.

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