Thursday, August 19, 2010

Knox - Creed, Warfare, Loyalty, Romance

WE CANNOT BE CONTENT, like the average Protestant, with repeating to ourselves that certain spiritual ideas, certain avenues of approach towards the unseen, have been helpful to the Christians of other ages, and therefore may well have an abiding value for us too. We are committed to a creed. The Catholic religion is very much more than a creed; it is a life, a warfare, a loyalty, a romance. But it is a creed too; and the assertion of it involves us in an intellectual responsibility. Man's intellect is part of himself, and must be represented, consequently, in the scheme of his salvation ...

We shall get no credit for it; we shall still be called liars. But we can put up with that, when we remember that the eternal Wisdom of the Father came down to earth and was hailed as a deceiver (Mtt 17,63). If only they knew what it means to be a Catholic! God grant that they may come to know.

- Ronald A. Knox


Frank said...

Man, I hope the bases were loaded, because the PH just hit that one 525 feet!

Athos said...

It is the "It goes without saying that Catholicism is wrong, etc." that will always puzzle me. As Fulton Sheen said it:

There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.