The Church has not been tried for three hundred years; it has not even been considered; it has only been ignored. The world knows less about her than about the man in the moon. It has never studied her claims, never searched out her secrets; and it dispenses itself from doing so for the same reason the first hearers of Christ dispensed themselves from hearing His message: 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?' Ignorance can be accumulated just as well as wisdom, and during the last three hundred years the world has accumulated a tremendous amount of ignorance concerning her."
~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 'The Prodigal World' January 1936, p 19.
[GCStevenson 03.02.2013 - Gospel reading Lk 15:1-3, 11-32]
Found in a comment on a post on the official Facebook page for the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation