Yes, while I wanted to use those last few days I THOUGHT we had to say our Goodbyes or make other plans to continue elsewhere, I felt I just had to respond to LD’s misuse of that quotation from Nietzsche- purporting to be from Aquinas. In reality, Nietzsche did not accurately quote Aquinas, he gave no citation of the source of the quote so others could look it up, nor did he give the context in which Aquinas wrote it. Nietzsche ‘s goal was to portray Christians as being hateful and vengeful, delighting in Divine Justice only insofar as it punishes those who have wronged us and who we can’t punish ourselves. Nietzsche claimed that this is the basis of our heavenly bliss!
But that was NOT Aquinas’ teaching, and so Nietzsche’s argument, and his use of Aquinas to support it, was untenable. It’s bad enough that Nietzsche misrepresented Aquinas (and by extension, Christian teaching) this way (particularly when Nietzsche himself insisted that his own words be understood ONLY IN THEIR PROPER CONTEXT), but that atheists and others who try to find fault with Christian - especially Catholic - teachings, still use that out-of-context MISquote today. As LD did. So I’m happy to continue that discussion! (LD also posted an alleged quotation from Pope Gregory the Great, which seemed to show the same vengeance mentality. But that was not a quote from Gregory at all. It is a quote from the anti-Catholic Charles Lea in his “History of the Inquisition”, who, like Nietzsche, gave no context at all, didn’t quote Gregory, and tried to portray Catholic teaching as vengeful and full of hate in “delighting” in the suffering of “heretics”.
I get tired o these gross misrepresentations being used so uncritically by those who have an axe to grind against the Catholic Church.