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|No 57||Roman Theological Forum | Article Index | Study Program||March 1995|
by Brian W. Harrison
(The following article is the text of an address given at the Wanderer Forum in September 1993.)
Turning and turning in the widening gyreSo much for the bad news. The main thing I wish to share with you all tonight is my conviction that the promulgation of the Catechism is not just good news, but quite simply the best news to reach the Catholic Church in all the thirty stormy years since Vatican Council II. In very truth, Roma locuta est. But the particular merit of the Catechism, coming as it does at this crucial point in Church history, is that the Roma which speaks here is not merely the Rome of the conciliar period, or even of the twentieth century, but Rome of all the Christian centuries: eternal Rome.
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.