Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Forgotten truths – Saint says: “No sin in the world grips the soul as the accursed sodomy!”

Saint Augustine (354-430)
“Those offences which be contrary to nature are everywhere and at all times to be held in detestation…”
(Book III, Chap. 8, no. 15)

Saint Gregory the Great (540-604)
“Sacred Scripture itself confirms that sulfur evokes the stench of the flesh, as it speaks of the rain of fire and sulfur poured upon Sodom by the Lord. He had decided to punish Sodom for the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment he chose emphasized the shame of that crime.”
(Morales sur Job, Part III, Vol. I, book 14, no. 23, p. 353)

Saint Peter Damian (1007-1072)
“Truly, this vice is never to be compared with any other vice because it surpasses the enormity of all vices.… It defiles everything, stains everything, pollutes everything.”
(St. Peter Damian, Book of Gamorrah, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1982, pp. 63-64.)

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
“If all the sins of the flesh are worthy of condemnation because by them man allows himself to be dominated by that which he has of the animal nature, much more deserving of condemnation are the sins against nature by which man degrades his own animal nature...”
(St. Thomas Aquinas, Super Epistolam B. Pauli ad Romanos, Cap. 1, Lec. 8)

Saint Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)
“No sin in the world grips the soul as the accursed sodomy; this sin has always been detested by all those who live according to God…”
(St. Bernardine of Siena, Sermon XXXIX in Prediche volgari, pp. 896-897)

Saint Peter Canisius (1521-1597)
“As the Sacred Scripture says, the Sodomites were wicked and exceedingly sinful. Saint Peter and Saint Paul condemn this nefarious and depraved sin. In fact, the Scripture denounces this enormous indecency thus: ‘The scandal of Sodomites and Gomorrhans has multiplied and their sins have become grave beyond measure.’ Those unashamed of violating divine and natural law are slaves of this never sufficiently execrated depravity.”
(St. Peter Canisius, Summa Doctrina Christianae, III a/b, p. 455)

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