THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (THE
solutions have been tried to solve man's problems. None of them has
been proven to work; a strong hint exists that those that have not
been tried could have saved the world.
only have time to allude to two solutions; the Catholic Church, that
has never been tried and that child of the French Revolution that
has been tried but where the Liberte, Fraternite and Equalite is
still nowhere to be found.
is said that when Tracy and his English knights or, should we say,
goons stabbed and scattered the brains of St. Thomas of Canterbury,
they were aiming at his thoughts. . .wherewith Thomas believed that
the Church is the judge of kings and of the world. Thomas objected
to the heresy that the Royal Chief Justice should judge the Church
on moral issues.
Church's idea is to create an invisible kingdom without armies or
prisons but with complete freedom to condemn publicly all the
kingdoms of the earth. Whether this would have cured society we do
not know because it has never been tried.
the world has always wanted, we see before us today. What the
Catholic Church wanted, we see nowhere; but she is not a failure
just because the men of the Church have failed. And the insistence
on the world's ways made Henry VIII scatter the bones of St. Thomas.
England would try to solve society's problem on the premise that the
King can do no wrong.
society aims at the ideals of the Catholic Church; yet hates her
reality. Yes, the Catholic Church has many defects; but all of them
are because she is not Catholic enough. Monasteries were attacked,
not for the chastity of monks but because of the unchastity of the
monks. Catholicism is unpopular not for her humility but because of
the arrogance of Christians. The failure of the Church is largely
due to the clerics, the men of the Church. Add to this the
hostile evil elements that are continuously besetting the Church.
sad story of Catholic Europe is that it became Protestant before it
could become thoroughly Catholic. The ideals of Catholicism failed
not because it became old-fashioned but because they were not lived
to the full. The Christian ideals had not been tried and found
wanting; they had been found difficult and left untried, quips G. K.
was founded by a God. It could have solved all of man's problems. In
fact, it is the only solution. If there were another solution,
Christ would never have come. But Catholicism is a brave solution
for brave men and women. With the progress of civilization and its
concomitant result, the weakening of character, I doubt if this
solution, Christ's solution, would ever be tried.