One of the many advantages of being Catholic

is the fact that a connection to the past keeps you from thinking that the troubles of your tiny slice of history are utterly unprecedented and a cause for despair. The world has always been going to hell in a handbasket. That’s why the very first Christians said, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

  • Knower

    Yes. The wheat and the tares, goodness and evil, grow together in history. What Charles Dickens said of the times in the opening lines of his *Tale of Two Cities* can be said of every historical moment: “It was the best of times, and the worst of times.” (May it be, though, that at some moments the good predominates, and at other moments, the bad?)

  • Katie in FL

    That was a great encouragement to read in the wake of everything around us.

  • Jon W

    Rod Dreher’s freakouts were a significant part of why I stopped reading him. I almost always agree with his point, but I just cannot ride that nauseagenic emotional roller-coaster with him.

  • ivan_the_mad

    An excellent exhortation by Peters! And of course, because GKC has a quote for nigh on everything, here’s one to complement Peters’ article: “The Catholic Church is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.”

  • Kristen

    I basically agree with your point in general. If you were comparing Catholic perspectives with many Protestant perspectives I’d say you’re entirely right.

    (There are other areas where I think the Protestants have distinct advantages, but that’s another conversation.

    But entirely I fail to see how the Catholic Church has a leg up on this one when compared with the Orthodox.