A little while ago, I shared a few of the Catholic ideas that have been consistent since Our Lord's Advent and yet are paradoxical. Today, when you have a spare half-hour, have a listen to Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the audio clip below.
Don't let the title fool you though, because this talk is about freedom.
Sure it was recorded back when the Cold War was getting warm, and Communism was the scare of the era. And it was scary for good reasons, as the blood of those who were put to death in this political system's path of "progress" testifies to. But freedom is the what Archbishop Sheen speaks of here so eloquently. Freedom as it is understood in the Catholic, and therefore in the Christian, tradition.
I have spoken recently with some who has said, I can't be a Catholic because the Church is a tyrannical system. One that squelches all freedoms: religious, political, spiritual, artistic, sexual, etc, etc. If you have had these same thoughts, or know someone who does, listen to the clip below. After you do, the citation taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 795) below will be understandable.
A reply of St. Joan of Arc to her judges sums up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter."
Catholic thoughts are always of the "fully baked" variety.