The words of the Bible and of the Church Fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts, they let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problem and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive.
— Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth
Whoa, Holy Father! That’s a bit over the top, even for me!
“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”
— Czeslaw Milosz, poet, 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature