Thursday, December 26, 2013
"I was certainly cleverer than they, but they had the immeasurable advantage that they were right—an advantage that they did not throw away by resorting to the bad philosophy and apologetics then sometimes taught in Catholic schools.
Peter Geach, as quoted by John Schwenkler on dotCommonweal, 24 December 2013. Schwenkler cites "Philosophical Autobiography," Peter Geach: Philosophical Encounters, ed. Harry A. Lewis (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991).
Monday, December 23, 2013
"The confessor . . . is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax. Neither is merciful. . . ."
"the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all. The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax. Neither is merciful, because neither of them really takes responsibility for the person. The rigorist washes his hands so that he leaves it to the commandment. The loose minister washes his hands by simply saying, ‘This is not a sin’ or something like that. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds."
Pope Francis to Antonio Spadaro, S.J., as quoted in "A big heart open to God: the exclusive interview with Pope Francis," America, 30 September 2013.