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Veritatis Splendor 3

Here I am with the third post on the subject, and only now am I getting to what JPII says is the purpose of Veritatis Splendor. Sorry. The specific purpose of the present Encyclical is this: to set forth, with

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Veritatis Splendor 2

In Veritatis Splendor §4 Pope John II writes concerning truth and freedom: Today, however, it seems necessary to reflect on the whole of the Church’s moral teaching, with the precise goal of recalling certain fundamental truths of Catholic doctrine which,

Posted in Augustine, Fides et Ratio, Free Will, John Paul II, Magisterium, Veritatis Splendor

Veritatis Splendor 1

I don’t have a specific quotation for this point, but the encyclical opens with an insistence upon a morality that is founded on love for God and union with Christ. Without these things, Christian morality is dead. However much we

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Veritatis Splendor – Overview

Recently I read Pope John Paul II’s magnificent encyclical Veritatis Splendor. I highly recommend it to you, assuming of course that I’m not the last man on earth to read it. :-( It’s my plan to present several posts based

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Fides et Ratio 12

My last little bit of comment on JPII’s Fides et Ratio comes to a point that I noticed shortly after becoming Catholic, and that is the difference—generally speaking—between the way that theology is done in Reformed Protestant circles and the

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Fides et Ratio 11

Some folks have the erroneous idea that Catholic ideas about truth are intolerant. This is a poor way of looking at things. Here’s a better way: To believe it possible to know a universally valid truth is in no way

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Fides et Ratio 10

“Truth and freedom either go together hand in hand or together they perish in misery” [Fides et Ratio §90]. The Lord Jesus says that the truth shall make you free. One easy manifestation of the contrary is to be found

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Fides et Ratio 9

Pope John Paul II recognized the awesomeness of St Thomas :-) It should be clear in the light of these reflections why the Magisterium has repeatedly acclaimed the merits of Saint Thomas’ thought and made him the guide and model

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Fides et Ratio, John Paul II, Magisterium

Fides et Ratio 8

I sometimes wonder whether there are traditionalists in the Church who consider Thomism (or some other philosophy) to be The Philosophy of the Church. I’m not a traditionalist per se, I suppose, but if I remember things correctly around about

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Fides et Ratio 7

Contrary to pop philosophy these days, there is no legitimacy to the idea that something can be true for me, but not true for you (unless of course we’re talking about whether broccoli is delicious or not). This is nothing

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