Saturday, December 31, 2005
I am reading Rocco Buttiglione's interesting and insightful book, Karol Wojtyla: The Thought of the Man Who Became Paul John Paul II. I thought I’d share one paragraph that caught my attention this morning.
“After the Communists came to power, [Cardinal} Sapieha realized immediately that culture would be the decisive battleground between them. … From the beginning, the Polish bishops decided not to petition on their own behalf against the regime which violated their ancient rights… They chose instead to take a position in support of fundamental human and national rights, renouncing any particular reclamation which would have indicated that they made a distinction, not to say a contradistinction, between human rights and religious rights, between the inspiration of the nation and that of the Church.”
It seems to me that their decision was not only a correct one for them (as history seems to have confirmed) but provides powerful insight for our own time. What do others think?