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David Mills

David Mills

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David Mills is editor of Hour of Our Death and writes for many Catholic publications, including a weekly column for the Catholic Herald. He has been editor of Touchstone and executive editor of First Things.

It is Better for Sun and Moon to Drop from Heaven
Newman Today
It is Better for Sun and Moon to Drop from Heaven

It's one of Newman's most notorious lines, and a claim I for one wish were untrue: "The Catholic Church holds it better for the sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extremest agony, as far as temporal affliction goes, than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one wilful untruth, or should steal one poor farthing without excuse."

David Mills
David Mills
September 11, 2020
6 min
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