I am in Wyoming for the week, speaking at the Wyoming School of Catholic Thought. Most of the time I'll be in the mountains, off the grid. I will post if it seems worthy of your time and if I have time and an internet connection.
"We cannot apply the modern idea of progress to the history of the church. This idea constitutes a fatal illusion. The noblest thing that lives in man is the will to become better and ever better; it is a yearning for perfection. But this will and this yearning are personal. They can be realized only in freedom -- with the attendant danger of the possibility of yes or no, of success or failure. The idea of progress confuses all this with the concept of "evolution," which is derived from the determinism of nature. This deceives man about the character of his existence and paralyzes his noblest powers."