Pontifex Maximus

Babies are the greatest bridge-builders of all: they unite all human beings. This is why they are under such lethal attack by you-know-who.

“Pontifex Maximus” means “greatest builder of bridges” .

(It also happens to be one of the many titles accorded to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ).

Both babies and Popes can upset our carefully laid plans and prejudices. We are wise to ignore and belittle neither.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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2 Responses to Pontifex Maximus

  1. GC says:

    However, Brother B, I’m not sure pontifex maximus is a title that Jesuit Bishop of Rome Bergoglio would be entirely comfortable with. Doesn’t have much of that quintessential whiffiness of the sheep about it, now does it?

  2. Yes, we are wise not to ignore the Pope. Catherine of Siena certainly did not ignore Gregory XI, and he was better for it. The Church is better for it.

    Along these same lines, Thomas Aquinas wrote, “If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public.”

    From St. Robert Bellarmine we have: “As it is lawful to resist a Pontiff who attacks the body, it is likewise lawful to resist one who attacks the soul and especially one who would destroy the Church.”

    Blessed John Henry Newman: “It is a great gain when error and false teachers are exposed, for, then, they cease to deceive the simple.”

    Pope St. Leo I: “He that sees another in error, and endeavors not to correct it, testifies himself to be in error.”

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