THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: Prophetic Words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Many a modern preacher is far less concerned with preaching Christ and Him crucified than he is with his popularity with his congregation.  A want of intellectual backbone makes him straddle the ox of truth and the ass of nonsense…Fulton J. Sheen

America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance.  It is not.  It is suffering from tolerance:  tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos.  Our country is not nearly so much overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broad-minded.  The man who can make up his mind in an orderly way, as a man might make up his bed, is called a bigot; but a man who cannot make up his mind, any more than he can make up for lost time, is called tolerant and broad-minded.

A bigoted man is one who refuses to accept a reason for anything; a broad-minded man is one who will accept anything for a reason—providing it is not a good reason.  It is true that there is a demand for precision, exactness, and definiteness, but it is only for precision in scientific measurement, not in logic. The breakdown that has produced this natural broad-mindedness is mental, not moral.  The evidence for this statement is threefold: the tendency to settle issues not by arguments but by words, the unqualified willingness to accept the authority of anyone on the subject of religion, and lastly the love of novelty.

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8 thoughts on “THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: Prophetic Words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

  1. An unrelated question, if you don’t mind:

    What exactly is the Didache? Is it worth reading and studying, or is it an ancient writing best left alone, like the gnostic gospels?


    • It’s essential reading for any Christian and especially for Catholics. It is not gnostic – it was a “how to” book for the earliest priests (apostles) that was carried throughout the world. It was written mere decades after the death of our Lord. You can find a link on my website: go to Resources and pick the last menu of links. You will find a link there that will take you to the Didache.


  2. We should listen & learn from Fulton Sheen. Our intolerance needs to start at the lack of Catholic truth being thrust on us by our own priests.

    “The important point here is this: Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to truth. Intolerance applies only to truth, but never to persons. Tolerance applies to the erring; intolerance to the error.”


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