"Those who have had the misfortune to give bad example, and to wound or cause the perdition of souls by scandal, must take care to repair all in this world, if they would not be subjected to the most terrible expiation in the other. It was not in vain that Jesus Christ cried out, Woe to the world because of scandals! Woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh! (Matt. 18:7)"
"A painter of great skill and otherwise exemplary life had once made a painting not all conformable to the strict rules of Christian modesty. It was one of those paintings which, under the pretext of being works of art, are found in the best families, and the sight of which causes the loss of so many souls."
"The artist of whom we speak had allowed himself to be misled in this point by bad example. Soon, however, renouncing his pernicious style, he confined himself to the production of religious pictures. He died in pious sentiments, and a few days passed, when a religious who had stayed in the choir after Matins saw him appear in the midst of flames and sighing piteously."
"Alas! It is on account of the immodest picture that I painted some years ago. When I appeared before the tribunal of the Sovereign Judge, a crown of accusers came to give evidence against me. They declared that they had been excited to improper thoughts and evil desires by a picture, the work of my hand. In consequence of those bad thoughts some were in purgatory, some were in Hell. The latter cried for vengeance, saying that, having been the cause of their eternal perdition, I deserved at least the same punishment..."