All Times Are Bad Times

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Gloriosus apparuisti inter principes Austriae, sancte Leopolde, ideo diadema suscepisti de manu Domini; ora pro nobis ad Deum qui te elegit. (Magnificat Antiphon for the Feast of Saint Leopold)

Earlier this month the Austrian Bishop’s Conference met here in Heiligenkreuz. By some chance the first day of the Conference coincided with the Feast of Saint Leopold, the great Margrave of Austria and founder of Stift Heiligenkreuz (November 15th). These are, shall we say, challenging times for the Church of Austria, and one could not but be struck by the contrast between our times and those of Saint Leopold. But perhaps there is more illusion than reality in the contrast.

Certainly the impression that one gets from the liturgical texts etc. for Saint Leopold is of a kind of golden age in which everything went right for the Holy Prince. The antiphon for the Dixit Dominus at vespers goes, “Dominus…

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2 thoughts on “All Times Are Bad Times

  1. Pingback: Sancrucensis:Homeric Memento Mori-et varia – Titre du site

  2. Your point here is very well taken, but I do wonder how you square this with your integralism. The Church seems to have problems enough of its own without the inevitable degradation that would come with assuming greater temporal power (if for no other reason than that the Faith would then be used as a vehicle for worldly ambition — though I very much doubt that would be the only reason).

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