THE CHURCH KNOWS HOW TO UNDERSTAND GREAT THINGS AND ASSOCIATE ITSELF WITH TRULY USEFUL INVENTIONS
May these benefits of the natural order remind us of those even greater in the supernatural order
Rey concludes his narrative by recalling how much Bishop Eugene’s speech was acclaimed.
This speech earned the Prelate many eloquent congratulations. We will quote just one letter, from Cardinal de la Tour d’Auvergne, Bishop of Arras: “Monseigneur, I read with admiration and keen interest the speech you gave at the inauguration of the Marseille canal. This gigantic undertaking could not have been more magnificently celebrated than by you, Monseigneur. The eloquence and dignity of your words have made this ceremony unforgettable, and the part you played in it, by doing the episcopate such great honor, proved to our century that the Church knows how to understand great things and associate itself with truly useful inventions. I thank you, Monseigneur, and I congratulate the city of Marseille for the benefit it has received from the canal, just as I praise it for having called upon religion to magnify this extraordinary work”.
Rey Volume 2 pages 255-256
The Second Vatican Council stressed the role of the church in the modern world:
“Since the Church is in Christ like a sacrament or as a sign and instrument both of a very closely knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race, it desires now to unfold more fully to the faithful of the Church and to the whole world its own inner nature and universal mission. This it intends to do following faithfully the teaching of previous councils. The present-day conditions of the world add greater urgency to this work of the Church so that all men, joined more closely today by various social, technical and cultural ties, might also attain fuller unity in Christ.”
Lumen Gentium 1
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