Saturday, 24 March 2007 15:06
Written by Br. Matthew Augustine, OP
An occasional commentor at our little blog, Tom from Disputations, responding to a bizarro anti-convert screed in Mark Shea's comboxes, posted this wonderful qoute from the Dominican, Cardinal Cottier:
...As Georges Cardinal Cottier, O.P., former theologian of the Pontifical
Household, pointed out a few years ago in an interview: "We are not born Christians. One is born a Jew, one is born a Moslem. One becomes Christian, with baptism and the faith."Cardinal Cottier went on: "Hence Christianity is unarmed.It is a divine helplessness. Because Christians are not manufactured, as those belonging to other religions can become so simply by being brought into the world. Every child must take its own step, nobody can do it in its place. Surroundings, catechesis, can help it. But no sociological condition can replace the attraction that is gift of the grace,
that makes personal liberty assent."
I had the pleasure of meeting the cardinal on a trip to Rome last summer. It was at the Feast of the Translation of the Relics of St. Dominic, which is celebrated as the main feast of St. Dominic in Rome. Also there was the new theologian of the Pontifical Household, Fr. Wojciech Giertych OP. Both stuck me as prayerful and humble men. That feastday in Rome ranks as one of the best days of my life. Short of my first profession of vows, nothing before or since has done more to deepen my identity as a Dominican. Veritas!