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Dom Gueranger on Scandals in the Church

Canisius | 06 February, 2006 05:19

In vol. 4, p. 98, Dom Gueranger comments on the parable of the tares and the wheats. Among other things, he says, it can refer to scandals in the Church. The tares must not be pulled up, but not just to avoid damage to the bad: "[T]he mixture of good and bad is an advantage; it teaches the good not to put their hopes in man, but in God."

He's right. It makes me think of that poor SSPXer I encountered last Thursday. When all the craziness broke out after Vatican II, there was a real sifting of the threshing floor: anyone who had placed their hopes in man (read: a great Catholic school system, a prosperous church, a beautiful ritual tradition, or many other things) either fell away or went in the direction of the SSPX crowd.

To stick with the Church even when she's gone crazy--that's placing hope in God, because there ain't nobody else gonna help.


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