I have just remembered one of the things I had meant to include in my previous post. (One of the many characteristics I share with ++Nichols is forgetfulness....).
But I read this passage in Sheed's wonderful To Know Christ Jesus, and it seemed very à propos:
They were a strange lot, these eleven; and they would be succeeded by men stranger than themselves. He who had foreseen Peter's denials and the flight of the men he had chosen, also foresaw popes like Benedict IX and John XII, foresaw whole hierarchies moving into heresy or cowering before rulers; he foresaw you and me. Yet this was his choice - the gifts of truth and life should come through these men and their successors; in union with them, we are in union with him all days until the end of the world.
If you have not read Sheed, you should! (If you have, you should re-read him...)
NEW Fr. Z Swag Available: Pope Clement XIV Ganganelli (1769-1774) - Slowly but surely I’d like to build up more pontifical coffee mugs. I have some selections with Pius XII, Leo XIII (that’s a good one), etc. Today, I make...
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