The Belloc-Chesterton Pages
Essays by Belloc:
"It was the Faith which gradually and indirectly transformed the slave into the serf, and the serf into the free peasant. . . . You will not be able to set up in a pagan or an heretical or a wholly indifferent society the institutions characteristic of economic freedom; you will not be able to curb competition which alone would be sufficient to destroy such freedom, nor pursue permanently and consecutively anyone part of the program. The thing must be done as a whole, and it can be done as a whole only by the ambient influence of Catholicism."
----- Hilaire Belloc, CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION, TAN Books, p. 191
"The issue was between two forces. On the one hand was the instinct which we all have within us, that Europe is Catholic, must live as Catholic, or must die; that in the anarchic religious rebellion was peril of death to our art, our culture, to that from which they proceed, our religious vision. On the other had arisen an intense, fierce, increasing hatred against the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament, the whole transcendental scheme; a hatred such that all who felt it were, in spite of a myriad differences, in common alliance. That hatred fed upon an original popular indignation against the corruption of the clergy, and especially against their financial claims. But the hatred was far older than any such late medieval trouble; it was as old as the presence of the Catholic Church in this world."
----- Hilaire Belloc, HOW THE REFORMATION HAPPENED, p. 90
The Catholic Church
In truth the Church is too
prove herself unique. For most popular and easy proof is by parallel;
here there is no parallel.
----- G. K.
THE EVERLASTING MAN, p. 85
Heresy always does affect morality, if it's heretical enough. I suppose a man may honestly believe that thieving isn't wrong. But what's the good of saying that he honestly believes in dishonesty?
----- G. K.
THE FATHER BROWN OMNIBUS, 919