Cardinal Newman Upon Being Elevated to the Position
  • francisfrancis
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    about 140 years ago, Cardinal Newman was aware of what was coming...

    For thirty, forty, fifty years I have resisted to the best of my powers the spirit of liberalism in religion. Never did Holy Church need champions against it more sorely than now, when, alas! it is an error overspreading, as a snare, the whole earth;

    Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another, and this is the teaching which is gaining substance and force daily. It is inconsistent with any recognition of any religion, as true. It teaches that all are to be tolerated, for all are matters of opinion. Revealed religion is not a truth, but a sentiment and a taste; not an objective fact, not miraculous; and it is the right of each individual to make it say just what strikes his fancy. {65} Devotion is not necessarily founded on faith. Men may go to Protestant Churches and to Catholic, may get good from both and belong to neither. They may fraternise together in spiritual thoughts and feelings, without having any views at all of doctrine in common, or seeing the need of them. Since, then, religion is so personal a peculiarity and so private a possession, we must of necessity ignore it in the intercourse of man with man. If a man puts on a new religion every morning, what is that to you? It is as impertinent to think about a man's religion as about his sources of income or his management of his family. Religion is in no sense the bond of society.

    The general character of this great apostasia is one and the same everywhere; but in detail, and in character, it varies in different countries.

    Cardinal Newman, (after being raised to a Cardinal, 1879)

  • Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion

    This, I think, is what His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI referred to as the dictatorship of relativism. How can one have a doctrine that all religions are basically equally true and equally useful? It reminds one of the claim "Everything's relative" -- to which the proper retort is, "Even that?"
  • Everything is relative.
    Relative, that is, to the Christian Faith - and, ultimately, to God.
    To the degree its relativity is distant from that Faith, the more distant is its relationship to Truth, and it becomes, therefore, a relative negative.
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    Fulton Sheen
    How to Compare World Religions
  • Jackson,