Tolerance and intolerance

Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP, from somewhere in his 2-volume “God, His existence and His nature: a Thomistic Solution of Certain Agnostic Antinomies”:

The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love.

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  1. john kelly

    Thanks for the great quote. How often shrill and intolerant are the words of non-believers toward believers, spoken under the false cloak of appealing for tolerance–particularly in areas such as same-sex marriage and abortion. This reminds me that the Christian is to be ruthlessly intolerant of sin, yet gracious toward sinners not yet saved by grace.

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