Saturday, May 25, 2019

Pope Francis tells Pro-Life Conference "Abortion is never the answer..." Full Text + Video



SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE CONFERENCE PROMOTED BY THE DICASTERO
FOR THE LAITY, THE FAMILY AND LIFE
ON THE THEME "YES TO LIFE! - THE CARE OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE IN THE INSTITUTIONS OF FRAGILITY "

Sala Clementina
Saturday, May 25, 2019


Cardinals,
Venerable brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood,
Dear brothers and sisters,

Good morning and welcome. I greet Cardinal Farrell and thank him for his words of introduction. I greet the participants at the international conference "Yes to Life!" Taking care of the precious gift of life in fragility ”, organized by the Department for the Laity, the Family and Life and by the Foundation" The Heart in a Drop ", one of the realities that work every day in the world to welcome children into birth conditions of extreme fragility. Children who, in some cases, the culture of waste defines "incompatible with life", and thus condemned to death.

But no human being can ever be incompatible with life, nor for his age, nor for his health, nor for the quality of his existence. Every child who announces itself in a woman's womb is a gift, which changes the history of a family: of a father and a mother, of grandparents and little brothers. And this child needs to be welcomed, loved and cared for. Always! Even when they cry, like that [applause]. Perhaps someone will think: "But, it makes noise ... let's take it away". No: this is a music that we all have to listen to. And I will say that he heard the applause and realized they were for him. We must always listen, even when the child annoys us a little; even in church: let the children cry in the church! They praise God. Never, never chase a child away because he cries. Thanks for the testimony.

When a woman discovers that she is waiting for a child, a sense of profound mystery immediately moves into her. Women who are mothers know this. The awareness of a presence, which grows inside her, pervades her whole being, making her no longer just a woman, but a mother. Between her and the child an intense cross-dialogue is established immediately, which science calls cross-talk. A real and intense relationship between two human beings, who communicate with each other from the first moments of conception to foster mutual adaptation as the child grows and develops. This communicative ability is not only of the woman, but above all of the child, who in his individuality sends messages to reveal his presence and his needs to the mother. This is how this new human being immediately becomes a child, moving the woman with all her being to reach out to him.

Today, modern techniques of prenatal diagnosis are able to discover from the first weeks the presence of malformations and pathologies, which sometimes can seriously jeopardize the life of the child and the serenity of the woman. The mere suspicion of the pathology, but even more the certainty of the disease, change the experience of pregnancy, throwing women and couples into profound distress. The sense of loneliness, of helplessness, and the fear of the suffering of the child and the whole family emerge as a silent cry, a call for help in the darkness of a disease, of which no one can predict the certain outcome. Because the evolution of every disease is always subjective and even doctors do not often know how it will manifest itself in the individual.

And yet, there is one thing that medicine knows well: children, from their mother's womb, if they have pathological conditions, are small patients, who can often be treated with pharmacological, surgical and extraordinary assistance, capable of reducing that terrible gap between diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities, which for years has been one of the causes of voluntary abortion and the abandonment of care at the birth of so many children with serious pathologies. Fetal therapies, on the one hand, and Perinatal Hospices, on the other hand, get surprising results in clinical-assistance terms and provide an essential support to families that welcome the birth of a sick child.

These possibilities and knowledge must be made available to all to spread a competent scientific and pastoral approach. For this reason, it is essential that doctors have clear not only the goal of healing, but the sacred value of human life, whose protection remains the ultimate goal of medical practice. The medical profession is a mission, a vocation to life, and it is important that doctors are aware that they themselves are a gift for the families entrusted to them: doctors capable of entering into a relationship, of taking on the lives of others, proactive of facing pain, able to reassure, to strive to always find solutions that respect the dignity of every human life.
In this sense, perinatal care comfort is a treatment modality that humanizes medicine, because it moves to a responsible relationship with the sick child, who is accompanied by the operators and his family in an integrated care path, which never abandons him, making him feel human warmth and love.

All this proves necessary especially with regard to those children who, at the present state of scientific knowledge, are destined to die immediately after birth, or a short distance of time. In these cases, treatment may seem like an unnecessary use of resources and further suffering for parents. But an attentive gaze knows how to grasp the authentic meaning of this effort, aimed at bringing the love of a family to completion. In fact, caring for these children helps parents to mourn and conceive it not only as a loss, but as a step in a journey together. That child will stay in their life forever. And they will have been able to love him. Many times, those few hours in which a mother can lull her child leave a trace in the heart of that woman, who never forgets it. And she feels - let me say the word - realized. You feel like mom.

Unfortunately the dominant culture today does not promote this approach: on a social level the fear and hostility towards disability often lead to the choice of abortion, configuring it as a practice of "prevention". But the Church's teaching on this point is clear: human life is sacred and inviolable and the use of prenatal diagnosis for selective purposes must be strongly discouraged, because it is the expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality, which removes the possibility for families to accept , embrace and love their weakest children. Sometimes we hear: "You Catholics do not accept abortion, it is the problem of your faith". No: it is a pre-religious problem. Faith has nothing to do with it. It comes later, but it has nothing to do with it: it is a human problem. It is a pre-religious problem. We do not load on faith something that does not belong to it from the beginning. It's a human problem. Only two sentences will help us understand this: two questions. First question: is it legitimate to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Second question: is it permissible to rent a hit man to solve a problem? The answer is yours. This is the point. Don't go to the religious on something that concerns the human. It is not lawful. Never, ever eliminate a human life or rent a hit man to solve a problem.

Abortion is never the answer that women and families seek. Rather, it is the fear of illness and the loneliness that causes parents to hesitate. The practical, human and spiritual difficulties are undeniable, but precisely for this reason more incisive pastoral actions are urgent and necessary to support those who receive sick children. That is to say, it is necessary to create spaces, places and "networks of love" to which couples can turn, as well as devote time to accompanying these families. I am reminded of a story that I met in my other Diocese. There was a 15-year-old girl who became pregnant and her parents went to the judge to ask for permission to abort. The judge, a righteous man seriously, studied it and said: "I want to interrogate the child." "But he is down, he does not understand ..." "No no, let him come." The 15-year-old girl went, she sat there, started talking to the judge and he said to her: "But do you know what happens to you?" "Yes, I am sick ..." "Ah, and how is your illness ? "" They told me I have an animal inside that eats my stomach, and for this they have to do an operation "" No ... you don't have a worm that eats your stomach. Do you know what you have there? A child! "And the girl down said," Oh, how nice! ": So. With this, the judge did not authorize the abortion. Mom wants it. The years have passed. A baby girl was born. He studied, grew up, became a lawyer. That little girl, since she understood her story because they told her, every birthday day called the judge to thank him for the gift of birth. The things of life. The judge is dead and now she has become a promoter of justice. But look what a beautiful thing! Abortion is never the answer that women and families seek.

Thank you, therefore, to all of you who work for this. And thanks, in particular, to you families, mothers and fathers, who have welcomed fragile life - the word fragility must be emphasized - because mothers, and even women, are specialists in fragility: welcoming fragile life; and that you are now supporting and helping other families. Your testimony of love is a gift to the world. I bless you and bring you in my prayer. And I ask you to please pray for me.

Thank you!


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Free Movie : "The Song of Bernadette" about #OurLady of Lourdes

The Song of Bernadette (1943) 156 min - Biography | Drama - April 1945 (USA)  The Apparitions occurred in 1858 France. Based on the novel by Franz Werfel, "The Song of Bernadette" is a sympathetic account of the life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a sickly (asthmatic) French peasant girl who claimed to have seen 18 miraculous visions of a "beautiful lady" near her home village of Lourdes in 1858. Bernadette had become so happily excited by her initial vision, which she claimed included her having been instructed by this "beautiful lady" to return each day for 15 days*.
Director: Henry King Writers: George Seaton (screenplay), Franz Werfel (novel) Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe |

President of Brazil joins with Government officials in Consecration of the Country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Video




The President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, on May 21, 2019 participated in a ceremony at the presidential residence with government officials, clergy, and two bishops in the consecration of Brazil to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Brazil, which is located in South America has 135 million Catholics. It was noted that they were also making reparation, and asking for God's forgiveness and mercy. 
The people prayed and sang while the consecration was read aloud.
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California Threatens Seal of Confession and Archbishop voices Concerns saying "Confession is sacred — to every priest and every Catholic." - Full Text


Saint Mateo Correa Magallanes was a priest and a Knight of Columbus. During the persecution of the Church in Mexico in 1927, he had a choice to make.

He was in the jails hearing confessions from prisoners rounded up by the government. Now, a general was pressing a gun to his head, threatening to kill him if he did not disclose what prisoners had told him in confession.

Mateo said, “You can do that, but just know that a priest must keep the seal of confession. I am willing to die.” Shortly after that, he was taken to the outskirts of town and killed.

Every priest takes his obligations as a confessor seriously.

We know it is a beautiful duty and a privilege to guide souls and grant forgiveness in God’s name. Mateo and many priests down through the centuries have chosen to suffer rather than betray the confidentiality of what they hear in confession.

Confession is sacred — to every priest and every Catholic.

That is why I am greatly disturbed by a bill that is moving through the California legislature. Senate Bill 360 would order priests to disclose information they might hear in confession concerning the sexual abuse of minors.

Sometimes the best intentions can lead to bad legislation. That is the case with SB 360.

Child sexual abuse is a horrible sin and crime that afflicts every area of our society. In the Catholic Church, we have grappled with this scandal for many years.

Across the state, dioceses have put in place policies and programs to keep children safe. We fingerprint and do background checks on Church personnel, we have staff who help victims, and we have strict protocols for dealing with allegations against priests and others who work for the Church.

As a result, new cases of child sexual abuse by priests are rare in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and other dioceses in California.

Every case is one too many. And the Church remains vigilant in protecting children and we are committed to helping all victim-survivors find healing.

From a public policy standpoint, if the goal is to prevent child sexual abuse, it does not make sense to single out Catholic priests and the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, which is the formal name for confession.

Catholics believe that in the confessional we can tell God everything that is on our heart and seek his healing mercy. The priest is only an instrument; he stands in the “person of Christ.” We confess our sins — not to a man but to God.

The privacy of that intimate conversation — our ability to speak with total honesty from our lips to God’s ear — is absolutely vital to our relationship with God.

This legislation, then, is a mortal threat to the religious freedom of every Catholic.

What is more alarming is that this bill is moving forward without any evidence that it will protect children.

Priests are already “mandated reporters” in California. That means we are required by law to report cases of sexual abuse that we suspect, except if we hear about it in the confessional.

SB 360’s sponsor makes a sweeping claim that “the clergy-penitent privilege has been abused on a large scale, resulting in the unreported and systemic abuse of thousands of children across multiple denominations and faiths.”

That is simply not true. Hearings on the bill have not presented a single case — in California or anywhere else ­— where this kind of crime could have been prevented if a priest had disclosed information he had heard in confession. Why is no one asking the bill’s sponsor to provide evidence for his accusations against the Church?

SB 360 claims to solve a crisis that does not exist.

The fact is, child sexual abuse is not a sin that people confess to priests in the confessional. Those who counsel such predators tell us that sadly, many of them are secretive and manipulative and cannot comprehend the grave evil of their actions.

It is far more likely that journalists and lawyers would hear admissions about such crimes. Yet this bill does not propose doing away with the attorney-client privilege or the protection of journalists’ sources. It only targets Catholic priests.

SB 360 should be voted down. And we should continue working together to seek effective ways to fight this scourge of child sexual abuse in our society.

Pray for me this week, and I will pray for you.

And let us pray for our priests — with gratitude for their courage in opening the doors of God’s mercy to us in confession.

And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to help us bring healing to every victim-survivor of abuse and help us build a society where every child is loved, protected, and safe.



The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to oppose SB 360 which would revoke the “Seal of Confession.” Tell your State Senator to vote “NO”on SB 360; click here. Do it today, a crucial vote in the State Senate is expected by the end of May.
FULL TEXT Release by Archbishop Jose Gomez - Archbishop of Los Angeles, California
Source: archbishopgomez.org/

#BreakingNews Archbishop says "..the separation of religion and state and of upholding religious neutrality is a dangerous drift..." on new State Secularism


News Release from Archdiocese of Montreal: 
Archbishop Christian Lépine speaks out following Bill 21's proposal on state secularism.

As the hearings continue into Bill 21 regarding secularism, the state and the ensuing ramifications, there is reason to fear that it will be at the expense of individual freedoms.

In effect, the bill proposes to amend the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms by making the fundamental rights that are enshrined in it subject to what is being called the secular nature of the state. While it is understandable that the state must demonstrate neutrality, at the end of the day, it must demonstrate openness and acceptance toward all its citizens, both those professing no particular beliefs as well as those professing various beliefs and religious practices. 

How can one not see that the prohibition against wearing religious symbols is both an obstacle to upholding freedom of conscience and religion, as well as an attack on human dignity, since citizens would be required to conceal their religious identity in the name of a presumed neutrality? A state that claims to be neutral in this subjective fashion cannot really claim to respect the dignity of its citizens because society and its diverse members are not neutral.

Thus, as rightly pointed out by the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops in its March 6, 2019 declaration, what is the justification for extending this prohibition against wearing religious symbols to teachers or for depriving them of a fundamental right? If teachers cannot wear religious signs at their discretion, the message given to children and youth is that religion has no place in the public sphere, thus relegating those adhering to their religious practice or tradition as second-class citizens.

The wearing of signs or clothing as a symbol of belonging to a religious community is a fundamental right in the exercise of "freedom of thought, conscience and religion", as stipulated in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the signatory states in 1948. We expect the Quebec government to respect this commitment and to guarantee this fundamental and inalienable right.

Relativizing the individual freedoms of citizens in the name of establishing the separation of religion and state and of upholding religious neutrality is a dangerous drift towards a closed form of secularism that tends towards the gradual elimination of individual and collective public expressions of belonging to a religious or faith community.

Given that ours is a constitutional form of government, why not adopt a form of secularism in which the state preserves, protects and promotes these freedoms in the public sphere? Acknowledging these expressions would help to establish a constructive dialogue in mutual respect and to discover the values and beliefs of all communities that constitute and enrich our pluralistic and egalitarian society, the same principles for which many other societies envy us.


+Christian Lépine
Archbishop of Montreal
FULL TEXT Release from diocesemontreal.org


Pope Francis to Italo-Albanians "... to walk together towards the future that God will want to give us." Full Text


SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PILGRIMAGE OF THE EPARCHY OF LUNGRO OF ITALIAN-ALBANIANS
OF CONTINENTAL ITALY

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,
Christós Anésti!

I am pleased to welcome you and to address each of you my cordial welcome. On this joyous occasion, that of the centenary of the Apostolic Constitution Catholici fideles, with which Pope Benedict XV erected the Eparchy of Lungro, you came to Rome, with your Pastor Mons. Donato Oliverio, to demonstrate in front of the entire Catholic Church the faith and communion of your beloved community. Thank you for this visit and for the testimony you give.

A hundred years ago, while the world was torn apart by the First World War, my venerable Predecessor listened to history, your legitimate needs, as well as your courageous spiritual journey, characterized by fidelity to tradition, despite the difficulties and suffering. The Pope had so much at heart the Eastern Church and meditated "what should be done to meet more firmly the needs and the right decorum of the universal Church and of the other particular Churches". He therefore decreed that the diocese of the Greek rite in the land of Calabria be "canonically established" (Bolla Catholici fideles).

This important anniversary is an opportunity to thank the Lord for what, in his goodness and mercy, has worked in your community in the last centuries. Therefore, I invite you to live this jubilee not so much as a goal, but rather as a new and joyful impetus in your human commitment and in your Christian journey. In this sense, it is more necessary than ever to deepen the past and make it a grateful memory, to find in it reasons for hope and to walk together towards the future that God will want to give us.

I encourage you to accept ever more in you and among yourselves the love of the Lord, source and reason for our true joy, to participate in the Sacraments, to show closeness to every family, to pay attention to the poorest and the needy, to accompany the young generations with the great educational challenge that involves us all: these are the dimensions in which we can preserve our traditions as well as our belonging to Christ and his Church. You are called to live as Christians, witnessing that love is more beautiful than hatred, that friendship is more beautiful than enmity, that brotherhood among all of us is more beautiful than conflicts.

Our prayer and gratitude today is also dedicated to those who rejoice with us from heaven. All those who transmitted their faith with their lives even before their words, in particular I think of the bishops, priests, religious, parents and grandparents who preceded you and who faithfully guarded and handed down the riches of your beautiful Tradition. Imitate their example and pass on the spiritual heritage that identifies you to the new generations.

May the maternal protection of the Holy Mother of God, the Oddity, accompany you on your daily journey. She, the obedient servant who welcomed the word of the Lord, makes you ever more docile to the will of the Father and generous instruments of her plan of salvation.

Dear brothers and sisters, thank you again for this visit, and best wishes for your centenary! I ask you to please pray for me, and I cordially impart to you all my Blessing, which I gladly extend to your families and to the entire Eparchy of Lungro.


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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, May 25, 2019 - #Eucharist in Eastertide


Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 290

Reading 1ACTS 16:1-10

Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
where there was a disciple named Timothy,
the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city,
they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
and increased in number.

They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
"Come over to Macedonia and help us."
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

Responsorial PsalmPS 100:1B-2, 3, 5

R. (2a) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is good:
his kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaCOL 3:1

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
'No slave is greater than his master.'
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me." 

Saint May 25: St. Bede : Patron of Lectors , Writers and #Historians : Died 735

DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, HISTORIAN

Born:
672 at Wearmouth, England
Died:
25 May 735
Canonized:
1899 by Pope Leo XIII
Major Shrine:
Durham Cathedral
Patron of:
lectors ;english writers and historians; Jarrow
Historian and Doctor of the Church, born 672 or 673; died 735. In the last chapter of his great work on the "Ecclesiastical History of the English People" Bede has told us something of his own life, and it is, practically speaking, all that we know. His words, written in 731, when death was not far off, not only show a simplicity and piety characteristic of the man, but they throw a light on the composition of the work through which he is best remembered by the world at large. He writes:

Thus much concerning the ecclesiastical history of Britain, and especially of the race of the English, I, Baeda, a servant of Christ and a priest of the monastery of the blessed apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, which is at Wearmouth and at Jarrow (in Northumberland), have with the Lord's help composed so far as I could gather it either from ancient documents or from the traditions of the elders, or from my own knowledge. I was born in the territory of the said monastery, and at the age of seven I was, by the care of my relations, given to the most reverend Abbot Benedict [St. Benedict Biscop], and afterwards to Ceolfrid, to be educated. From that time I have spent the whole of my life within that monastery, devoting all my pains to the study of the Scriptures, and amid the observance of monastic discipline and the daily charge of singing in the Church, it has been ever my delight to learn or teach or write. In my nineteenth year I was admitted to the diaconate, in my thirtieth to the priesthood, both by the hands of the most reverend Bishop John [St. John of Beverley], and at the bidding of Abbot Ceolfrid. From the time of my admission to the priesthood to my present fifty-ninth year, I have endeavored for my own use and that of my brethren, to make brief notes upon the holy Scripture, either out of the works of the venerable Fathers or in conformity with their meaning and interpretation.

After this Bede inserts a list or Indiculus, of his previous writings and finally concludes his great work with the following words:

And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face.

 It is plain from Bede's letter to Bishop Egbert that the historian occasionally visited his friends for a few days, away from his own monastery of Jarrow, but with such rare exceptions his life seems to have been one peaceful round of study and prayer passed in the midst of his own community. How much he was beloved by them is made manifest by the touching account of the saint's last sickness and death left us by Cuthbert, one of his disciples. Their studious pursuits were not given up on account of his illness and they read aloud by his bedside, but constantly the reading was interrupted by their tears. "I can with truth declare", writes Cuthbert of his beloved master, "that I never saw with my eyes or heard with my ears anyone return thanks so unceasingly to the living God." Even on the day of his death (the vigil of the Ascension, 735) the saint was still busy dictating a translation of the Gospel of St. John. In the evening the boy Wilbert, who was writing it, said to him: "There is still one sentence, dear master, which is not written down." And when this had been supplied, and the boy had told him it was finished, "Thou hast spoken truth", Bede answered, "it is finished. Take my head in thy hands for it much delights me to sit opposite any holy place where I used to pray, that so sitting I may call upon my Father." And thus upon the floor of his cell singing, "Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost" and the rest, he peacefully breathed his last breath.

The title Venerabilis seems to have been associated with the name of Bede within two generations after his death. There is of course no early authority for the legend repeated by Fuller of the "dunce-monk" who in composing an epitaph on Bede was at a loss to complete the line: Hac sunt in fossa Bedae . . . . ossa and who next morning found that the angels had filled the gap with the word venerabilis. The title is used by Alcuin, Amalarius and seemingly Paul the Deacon, and the important Council of Aachen in 835 describes him as venerabilis et modernis temporibus doctor admirabilis Beda. This decree was specially referred to in the petition which Cardinal Wiseman and the English bishops addressed to the Holy See in 1859 praying that Bede might be declared a Doctor of the Church. The question had already been debated even before the time of Benedict XIV, but it was only on 13 November, 1899, that Leo XIII decreed that the feast of Venerable Bede with the title of Doctor Ecclesiae should be celebrated throughout the Church each year on 27 May. A local cultus of St. Bede had been maintained at York and in the North of England throughout the Middle Ages, but his feast was not so generally observed in the South, where the Sarum Rite was followed.

Bede's influence both upon English and foreign scholarship was very great, and it would probably have been greater still but for the devastation inflicted upon the Northern monasteries by the inroads of the Danes less than a century after his death. In numberless ways, but especially in his moderation, gentleness, and breadth of view, Bede stands out from his contemporaries. In point of scholarship he was undoubtedly the most learned man of his time. A very remarkable trait, noticed by Plummer (I, p. xxiii), is his sense of literary property, an extraordinary thing in that age. He himself scrupulously noted in his writings the passages he had borrowed from others and he even begs the copyists of his works to preserve the references, a recommendation to which they, alas, have paid but little attention. High, however, as was the general level of Bede's culture, he repeatedly makes it clear that all his studies were subordinated to the interpretation of Scripture. In his "De Schematibus" he says in so many words: "Holy Scripture is above all other books not only by its authority because it is Divine, or by its utility because it leads to eternal life, but also by its antiquity and its literary form" (positione dicendi). It is perhaps the highest tribute to Bede's genius that with so uncompromising and evidently sincere a conviction of the inferiority of human learning, he should have acquired so much real culture. Though Latin was to him a still living tongue, and though he does not seem to have consciously looked back to the Augustan Age of Roman Literature as preserving purer models of literary style than the time of Fortunatus or St. Augustine, still whether through native genius or through contact with the classics, he is remarkable for the relative purity of his language, as also for his lucidity and sobriety, more especially in matters of historical criticism. In all these respects he presents a marked  contrast to St. Aldhelm who approaches more nearly to the Celtic type.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)