Truthfulness; the Future of the Church

Truthfulness; the Future of the Church

Truthfulness; the Future of the Church

Truthfulness; the Future of the Church

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One day during a session of the Second Vatican Council, one bishop passed another a note, which then made the rounds. The message read: "Senatus non errat, et si errat, non corrigit ne videatur errasse." (The Senate does not make mistakes, and if, it does, it does not correct them, lest it should seem to have erred.)

Question: Whom did the bishop mean by the sentence, which brought a sly and knowing smile to the lips of the other bishops? Did he mean the senate of the ancient Romans or the Senate of the United States or the senate of a university or . . .. But let us begin with the beginning.

The twentieth century is full of all kinds of insincerity, dishonesty, lies, hypocrisy. Isn't it possible for our century--with the help of vast technical means--to lie better than any previous ones? The giant propaganda machines of the totalitarian systems bear witness to this; the vision of George Orwell, in his futuristic novel, 1984 , of a Ministry of Truth with the task of counterfeiting history is basically no more than an extrapolation of past experience. But even in our democracies we have brought "the manipulation of truth" in politics, news media, and propaganda to a high degree of perfection.

And yet when we sum up the characteristics of this twentieth century we certainly cannot ignore one feature: a new passion for . . .

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