Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 441st anniversary of the death of the Naples born Pope Paul IV, 223rd successor of Peter whose four year pontificate had mixed reviews. He had for his strong advocation of moral reforms. He also sought to clean up the Inquisition, but the runaway Lutheran heresy made it difficult. In addition, he is not fondly remembered by Jews for he forced them to live in ghettoes. While Pope Pius XII is skewered by Jewish radicals for his role in World War II, which is totally unfounded and false, they would have had a much better case against Paul IV. Fortunately his successor Pope Pius IV reopened the Council of Trent and successfully closed it, setting the table for the great Pope Saint Pius V. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
A prediction of intolerance in today's society!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"The Ego has a peculiar way of disguising the real reasons for its love. It can pretend to be interested in another's welfare while actually it is seeking its own pleasure. There are some people who love to boast of their tolerance, but actually it is inspired by egotism; they want to be left alone in their own ideas, however wrong they be, so they plead for a tolerance of other people's ideas. But this kind of tolerance is very dangerous, for it becomes intolerance as soon as the ego is disturbed or menaced. That is why a civilization which is tolerant about false ideas instead of being charitable to persons is on the eve of a great wave of intolerance and persecution."