Cardinal Deacon Ercole Consalvi and Ecclesiadicy

Deacon LeRoy frequently points out the ecclesiadicy of the Church as evidence of her divine authorship. Another Leroy, Dr. Leroy Huizenga, presents an article on exactly this topic in today’s On The Square over at First Things.

One of the things I don’t recall Deacon LeRoy mentioning is the attribution of the statement to Napoleon by Cardinal Ercole Consalvi that “If in 1800 years we clergy have failed to destroy the church, do you really think that you’ll be able to do it?” A commenter on the article brought the good Cardinal Consalvi to my attention. What an extraordinary individual! What an extraordinary Cardinal Deacon, even!

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