Friday, 16 October 2015

Wherefore, O man, you who sit in the Papal throne

“Listen, O man, to the one who loves the power of discernment, so that He Himself has established the great instrument of uprightness to fight against evil. But you are not exercising this faculty when you do not root out the evil which seeks to choke the good. Rather, you are allowing evil to raise itself up arrogantly.”
“…Wherefore, O man, you who sit in the Papal throne, you despise God when you embrace evil. For in failing to speak out against the evil of those in your company, you are certainly not rejecting evil. Rather, you are kissing it. And so the whole world is being led away by unstable error” (Baird, Joseph L. and Ehrman, Radd. 
The Letters of Hildegard of Bingen, Volume I. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994, p.42). 

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