Al Car. Ottaviani was from Rome. He had been born in Trastevere in 1890. He, like other Romans, had never completely forgotten the lessons of the persecutions.
The Herculean strength of the enemies of God and His Holy Church is nothing new. Card. Ottaviani warned of this and so was jeered at in his day. While I tarried at his tomb in the Vatican, I thought of the circuitous march through the Catholic world that modernism has made.
He, in his wisdom, taught us to safeguard the sacred deposit of faith as we are the trustees of this inheritance that was destined for us and now entrusted to us as God willed it to us as a gift addressed to us.