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From the Perspective of Faith

July 29, 2021 2 min read
Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris

After a contentious discussion about the recent motu proprio concerning the liturgy, commentators have sought to elucidate the ramifications of its promulgation. An article by Ross Douthat, in particular, shows a fascinating take on the Church as compared to France from their Revolution and subsequent governments.

With all of these analyses, however, the Church can only be truly understood from the perspective of faith. From the perspective of faith, the Church is willed and guided in a way for which no comparison exists (including France!). In turbulent times it is often very difficult to see reality as it is, but in the case of the Church the reality is most clearly manifest amidst trial—the greater the tumult, the clearer the divinity. This counterintuitive nature of the Catholic Church has fascinated for millennia and will continue to outlive her manifold crises.

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