Fr Tim, the preacher at our 150th Anniversary celebration Mass has put up his excellent sermon on his blog.
There is one disagreement I have with him or rather Archbishop Chaput, who said:
Heinrich Himmler, the chief of Adolph Hitler’s security services during the Nazi era in Germany, once threatened the Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Konrad Graf, with plans to crush the Catholic Church. Cardinal Graf listened politely and then responded: "Well, good luck. We’ve been trying to do that for 2,000 years, and [the Church is] still here."I have been telling people for years it was Cardinal Ercole Consalvi, Pius VII's clever and witty Secretary of State, who when Napoleon threatened to crush the Church, said, "But Imperial Majesty we clergy have been trying to do that for years!"
I would hate to disagree with people as learned as Fr Tim and Archbishop Chaput; maybe it is case of history repeating itself and both said it, perhaps Cardinal Graf knew of Consalvi's remark.