The Church, the human community of God on earth, may die if it fails to produce enough men and women capable of providing an adequate response to whatever heresy may be afflicting the human community, either internally or society at large (which only from time to time, and even then in name only, amount to the same thing).

We must, for example, provide a response to the challenge of the materialist excesses (but not materialism itself) of the industrialized economy , especially now as it spreads throughout the world in an age, marked by nationalist energy wars (sometimes cloaked as a “clash of civilizations”), when we can actually record it happening in real time.