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Jc Is Rc

Occasional NRODT contributor Father George W. Rutler e-mails: “If Mr. Derbyshire is correct in thinking that “obessive dwelling on the physical details of Christ’s passion” is “a very RC thing”, I expect Christ is very RC. He thought about it long before it happened, and replied in very strong RC tones when St. Peter told him to lighten up (Matt. 16: 21ff). St. Peter ended up quite a prominent RC himself. So did Monsignor Ronald Knox (1888-1957) who recalled the Church of England’s squeamishness about matters necessary for salvation:

When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal,

Corrected “I believe” to “One does feel.”

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