Silencing someone will not make the Truth go away, and it will not preclude you from Judgement.  Warning: actual reprobates not actually cute stuffed animals, though they are armed with ineffectual weapons.duckreprobate

So often people falsely claim the that Absolute Truth and Natural Law are mere “belief” of the Church, and therefore does not apply to them.  Not so, but doesn’t stop them from trying in the hopes that another try will have a different outcome.

They deny God in the hopes that it will make their shame over sin go away.  When that works, they figure attacking Christians will make their shame over sin go away.  When that doesn’t work, they figure attacking harder and getting violent will work.  All the way into the eternal depths of hell where the worst suffering will be knowing just exactly how you have wronged God.

And so here is Venerable Fulton Sheen on that point:

“Conscience, Christ, and the gift of faith make evil men uneasy in their sin. They feel that if they could drive Christ from the earth, they would be free from “moral inhibitions.” They forget that it is their own nature and conscience which makes them feel that way. Being unable to drive God from the heavens, they would drive his ambassadors from the earth. In a lesser sphere, that is why many men sneer at virtue–because it makes vice uncomfortable.”

But telling the Truth is more important than just destroying error.  To that, the Venerable Archbishop has this to say:
A dogma, then, is the necessary consequence of the intolerance of first principles, and that science or that church which has the greatest amount of dogmas is the science or the church that has been doing the most thinking. The Catholic Church, the schoolmaster for twenty centuries, has been doing a tremendous amount of solid, hard thinking and hence has built up dogmas as a man might build a house of brick but grounded on a rock. She has seen the centuries with their passing enthusiasms and momentary loyalties pass before her, making the same mistakes, cultivating the same poses, falling into the same mental snares, so that she has become very patient and kind to the erring pupils, but very intolerant and severe concerning the false. She has been and she will always be intolerant so far as the rights of God are concerned, for heresy, error, untruth, affect not personal matters on which she may yield, but a Divine Right in which there is no yielding. Meek she is to the erring, but violent to the error. The truth is divine; the heretic is human. Due reparation made, she will admit the heretic back into the treasury of her souls, but never the heresy into the treasury of her wisdom. Right is right if nobody is right, and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong. And in this day and age we need, as Mr. Chesterton tells us, ʺnot a Church that is right when the world is right, but a Church that is right when the world is wrong.ʺ 

8 thoughts on “Venerable Fulton Sheen and The Simplest Truth

  1. Oh no! Did you get banhammered? Don’t worry, I can continue the conversation here if you want. Any commenting rules I need to follow while I’m here?


    1. john, to quote someone in Heaven, someone you will probably need a “Crime and Punishment” conversion to ever have a hope of meeting:
      “My job is to inform, not convince”

      That person would be Saint Bernadette.


  2. You seamed pretty keen to talk to people on Roll to Disbelieve, or talk at them in any case. Plus isn’t the point of blogs to talk to people.


    1. j, I corrected and rebuked some people who were full of it. I don’t want to have to spend hours at a time dealing with people attacking me because they think bigotry will make the Church go away.


  3. Well, stay off their blogs then. Though you really need more people on this one the comment section is deserted. Bigotry will definitely make the Church go away unless it can change its ways.


    1. j, I will correct error wherever I see it. I am not posting here for conversation, especially with people like yourself with little to offer.

      The Church is eternal. What will destroy your modern pagan perversion of society will be tolerance of evil.


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