Best Quotes about Churches
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
John Paul II
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
Mencken, H. L.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his simple plan, to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can.
Doyle, Sir Francis
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
Moody, Dwight L.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.
The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
Brown, Robert Mcafee
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Ratzinger, Cardinal Joseph
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
It is indolence... Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.
Morrison, Charles C.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Marialike dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
I'm a priest, not a priestess. Priestess implies mumbo jumbo and all sorts of pagan goings-on. Those who oppose us would love to call us priestesses. They can call us all the names in the world -- it's better than being invisible.
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four.
Hawkins, O. S.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
My own mind is my own church.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady's voice blurted out loud and clear, Anybody been saved here lately?
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
The church exists to train its member through the practice of the presence of God to be servants of others, to the end that Christlikeness may become common property.
Brown, William Adams
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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