Sunday, October 20, 2013

Archbishop John Ireland

Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis.  

"To think with the Church in a changing world is not always easy.  Catholics are conservative in religious doctrine because they know how vital it is to cling desperately to the deposit of faith.  But this conservatism, this opposition to change, runs over at times from the realm of the immutables into categories that are not unchangeable.  No one has expressed this better than Archbishop Ireland when he declared: 'In every historic transition there are reactionaries who would feign push back into the Erie the waters of Niagara - men to whom all change is perilous, all innovation damnable liberalism or even rank heresy.  Heed them not: pass onward with Christ and His Church.'"

-Most Rev. Robert Lucey

1 comment:

  1. A truely GREAT bishop !
    Educated in a french minor seminary in France (Meximieux, Ain county, near Lyon).
    Often invitated by liberal catholics to give lectures when he had a stop-over in Paris.