Tuesday, June 1, 2010

St. Bernardine of Siena on the eternal torments facing sodomites

Last Sunday's edition of the Sydney Catholic Weekly had the following no-nonsense item:

Quote of the week
Someone who lived practising the vice of sodomy will suffer more pains in Hell than any one else, because this is the worst sin there is. - St Bernardine of Siena
[The Catholic Weekly, Sydney, Australia, Vol 69, No 4522 May 30, 2010, p. 4]

(Unfortunately the no-nonsense approach didn't last long; on the facing page was the following item from the "parish pump" section:

For Pentecost Sunday last week many parishes asked people from different ethnic backgrounds to take part in the Prayers of the Faithful by reading the inter-cessions in their native tongue. In the Pump's parish we listened as people spoke in Urdu, Indonesian, Tamil as well as French and ... English, while the prayers were projected in English on the back of the sanctuary. It was a poignant reminder of the make-up of the Universal Church. And we thought it not a bad idea to do every week!
[ibid., p. 5]

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Angela of Merici, Virgin, A.D. 2010

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