The Worst Thing That Can Happen to the Church?

"BERGOGLIO: It is what De Lubac calls «spiritual worldliness». It is the greatest danger for the Church, for us, who are in the Church. “It is worse”, says De Lubac, “more disastrous than the infamous leprosy that disfigured the dearly beloved Bride at the time of the libertine popes”. Spiritual worldliness is putting oneself at the center. It is what Jesus saw going on among the Pharisees: “… You who glorify yourselves. Who give glory to yourselves, the ones to the others.”

This is exactly what my primary Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, warned about all the time.

Many paths up the sides, but one mountain.

(Hat tip Dreher.)


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