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Reminders that in Catholicism, the past isn’t dead … and not even past

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    ROME – As William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” It’s actually a very Catholic insight, given that arguably the most sacred phrase of all in Catholic argot is, “Do this in memory of me.” It’s probably fitting that Faulkner made the observation in a novel titled Requiem for a Nun.

    In Catholicism, how the past is remembered and constructed is always key to the politics of the present and future. A classic reminder of the point came recently in testimony in a Vatican trial describing fights among middle-school and high-school aged pre-seminarians over the Second Vatican Council, despite the fact that the council closed almost a half-century before any of them were even born.

    Three other developments in the last few days illustrate, albeit in different ways, the centrality of memory.

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