“Civilizations die from suicide, not from murder.” – attributed to Arnold Toynbee.
“Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.” – attributed to the late Fr. John Neuhaus, founding editor of First Things, http://www.firstthings.com/index.php
“You put yourself with God, empty, perhaps, but hungry and thirsty for him; and if in sincerity you cannot say that you want God you can perhaps tell him that you want to want him; and if you cannot say even that perhaps you can say that you want to want to want him! Thus you can be very near him in your naked sincerity; and he will do the rest …” – Michael Ramsey, The Christian Priest Today, London, SPCK, 1972, 1980, pp. 14-15.
“The separation of procreation from sexual intercourse is the root cause of all sexual perversions.” – attributed to Sigmund Freud.
“O my Creator, do not pour so precious a liquid into so broken a vessel [as me]. For you have seen already how often I spill it. Do not lay up treasures like these where the longing for life’s consolations is not as dead as it should be, or they will be utterly wasted. How can you entrust this walled city and the keys of its citadel to a defender so cowardly that he will let the enemy in at the first assault?” – Teresa of Avila, Life, translated by J. M. Cohen, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1957, p. 123.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak.” – attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
“Once, when preparing a lecture on Cardinal Newman, I summarized his classic Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine in this fashion: Truth ripens, error rots. The homosexual rights movement is rotten to the core. It has no future. There is no life in it. Sooner or later, those who are caught up in it are going to wake up from the dream of unbridled desire or else die. It is just a matter of time. The question is: how long? How many children are going to be sacrificed to this Moloch?” – Dr. Ronald G. Lee in his essay ‘The books, the porn the truth. The truth about the homosexual rights movement’ in Gods, Gays and the Church, ed. Lisa Nolland, Chris Sugden and Sarah Finch, London, The Latimer Trust, 2008, p. 73-4.
“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, London, Collins/Fontana, 1976, Vol.2, pp.597-8.
“Non-Catholics often have an image of the Catholic Church as a ruthlessly efficient organization with a chain of command that would make the armed forces jealous. The reality for most of the 1960s to 1980s was the opposite. A priest could preach heresy, profane the Holy Mass, destroy the piety of his people and face no consequences.” – Raymond J. de Souza on the scandals that have engulfed the Roman Catholic Church, and the real reasons behind the abuses. Fr Raymond J. de Souza, “Culture Change in the Church”, The National post – Holy Post, 25 March 2010
“Why is there such a fury against religion now? Because religion is the one reliable force that stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. The one reliable force that forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law. The one reliable force that restrains the hand of the man of power. In an age of power-worship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power.” – Peter Hitchens, ‘How I found God and peace with my atheist brother’, http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/ entry for 11 March 2010 1:52 PM