Sunday, March 04, 2012

Prophetic Words from Bishop Dowd of Montreal

Fascinating blogpost from Bishop Dowd:

[E]very Eucharistic celebration is, by its nature, a declaration of the supremacy of Christ. In a State what recognizes its own limits, this is not a problem, but the more a government tends to totalitarianism, the less the supremacy of Christ can be tolerated.


If the Magi had come only to “worship” Christ in some spiritual sense, Herod the Great might not have flown into the murderous rage that he did after the Magi went home by another road. Herod had, in fact, picked up on an important reality: that the worship of Christ was also a political statement, and one that he (to put it mildly) could not tolerate.


[T]he spread of the Gospel throughout the world encourages human progress but also sets the stage for even greater evils. It has been said, for example, that atheism would have been impossible without Christianity to create an intellectual framework for it. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try and spread the Good News, of course, but it does mean that in doing so raise the stakes in the drama of human history.