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More Great Churchill Quotes


As I mentioned before, my bedtime reading of late has been Churchill's "Marlborough: His Life and Times," and because I only read it at bedtime, and because the days have been long and consequently I fall to asleep quickly, I have been making my way very slowly. But, the other night I came across these two great quotes, in Volume III, in which Churchill is discussing the beginning of the political shifts and machinations in the fall and winter of 1709 that would lead eventually to the fall of the Whig government, and of Marlborough himself.

Graduality at the Synod


All of us in the Church commentary biz are, understandably, transfixed by the Relatio that came out Monday and by some of the reactions to it. In a frenzied state, sometimes it is easiest to miss what is actually the most important, to overlook the obvious. In this case, the text’s statements about graduality or gradualness seem to be the key hermeneutic for the entire text, arguably for the entire papacy.

Reactions to the Synod


The reactions to the synod’s midway relatio continue to pour in. You would think someone denied the divinity of Christ. But, the emotions are strong because people are aware that something big is going on in Rome, they have seen it now for a little more than a year and one half, a new way of evangelizing, one based on accompaniment and encounter as the method, and they want to know if the bishops will stand with the pope or not.


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