How are Martin Luther and Paul VI related?
“Quite recently, on 20th February 1959, an important Catholic weekly, La Francecatholique, published an article by Maria Winowska, generally considered to be one of the most lucid thinkers of our time, entitled The Third Temptation. The title refers toChrist's temptation in the wilderness, when the Devil offered Him all the kingdoms of theearth: 'All shall be thine, if thou wilt fall down before me and worship!' Maria Winowskaintroduces a young Hindu, who has just been baptized. Together they go up toMontmartre. Before their eyes was spread the vast, magnificent spectacle of Paris. Theyoung Hindu burst out: 'Why don't you live according to your faith? The Gospel is clear:in the first place, prayer, in the first place, wisdom, in the first place, faith, in the firstplace charity,. It's all there on paper, but in practice?'“Maria Winowska replied: 'You are right, but all the same, there are peopleamongst us, men and women, who do follow the Gospels. That is certain. There are evena great number of them. And that pleads for us. But there are many weaknesses,deficiencies, and illogicalities.'“The young Hindu went on: 'European Christians, for the most part, live as if theyhad no faith. I don't mean that they haven't any, but they certainly conceal the fact.' Andhe continued, relentlessly: 'I have met priests who talked to me of pastoral techniques, of methods, of adaptations, of the press, cinema and television. They are certainly goodpriests, but why don't they say what is essential? For us, wisdom is much more than that,more than anything else in the world. What proportion is there between Creator and thecreated?'“'Do you know,' he said, 'that there were very few who would not have agreed tomake a little bow, perhaps just a little click of the heels, to a tempter offering them thekingdoms of the world. They would say: 'If one got all that, it would be to the greaterglory of God,' or 'One has to make certain concessions to the world, in order to dominateit,' or again 'Christianity won't be able to survive if it doesn't adapt itself to progress.' I amonly quoting a few, but I can assure you that all these people had more confidence inhuman techniques than in faith.'“In brief, out of forty seven persons cautiously sounded by our young Hindu, onlythree or four truly preferred God to things. And it goes without saying that he had onlyapproach good Catholics.” (Satan In The Modern World, Pages: 168-169)If the clergy of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church becomes worldly, have they notlost the salt of the interior life? Did not Christ say: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose itssavor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be troddenon by men.” (Matthew 5:13) “It is a bad sign,” says Fr. Martial Lekeux author of the Art of Prayer, “forlove of prayer is the barometer of religious vitality.”If we then follow the syllogism, the priests having become more concerned about activism(emphasis: pastoral techniques, of methods, of adaptations, of the press, cinema and television) theyhave forgotten the important part, the interior life. A life without the interior life, according to PopePius XII is the heresy of action. “Without divine grace, nothing holds together, nothing counts, nothing3