Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The peoples of the world will hear him [the Pope] gladly, but the rulers see in him a superior and will not brook it. They cannot subdue him, and they will not be subject to his voice. They are therefore in perpetual conflict with him. But whoever fought against him and has prospered? Kings have carried him captive, and princes have betrayed him; but, one by one, they have passed away, and he still abides. Their end has been so tragically explicit that all men may read its meaning. And yet kings and princes will not learn, nor be wise. They rush against the rock, and perish. The world sees their ruin, but will not see the reason. The faithful read in the ruin of all who lay hands on the Vicar of Christ the warning of the Psalmist, 'Nolite tangere Christos meos;' and of our Lord Himself, 'Whosoever shall fall on the stone, shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder" [Matthew 21:44].

-Cardinal Manning

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