Another Lesson from Lagrange

The great theologian of the 20th century – indeed, among the best, as a longer view of history will no doubt disclose, after the rubble of the modernist rabble has been swept away by the winds of healing time – continues (p. 271 of Le sens commun):

We must, then, as far as possible, study dogma in itself and not in function of present needs. If, moreover, these needs were to become the norm of our affirmations, what would remain of revealed Truth? The Church today is asked today to remove, in the Word of God, what is too intransigent in the tone with which she speaks, what is too sublime in the excess of love that she expresses (the needs of the modern soul don’t rise so high), what is too tragic in the justice that she proclaims. They wish her to render the Word accessible to a number of souls that are less in love with truth than with intellectual freedom, with supernatural perfection than with a human ideal, with the rights of God than with their own rights.