Thursday, February 03, 2005

Pope John XXIII:
"In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of descretion or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they have learned nothing from history, which is, nonetheless, the teacher of life...[We] feel we must disagree with these prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disater, as though the end of the world were at hand. In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations." Speech of Oct. 11, 1962.

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