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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, July 22, 2022

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.  …


When Christianity finally took possession of the pagan world, plundering it of all that was good, among the treasures that remained to adorn the Catholic Thing, treasures unimpaired by the sins and imperfections of pagan men, were the Cardinal Virtues. This is because nature herself had revealed them, both their existence and exigency rooted in right reason.

Truth stood at the summit of that staircase, the love and defense of which were seen as essential to the maintenance of a fully human and societal life. Only truth would set us free because in its absence we can neither know nor aspire to anything worth having. “We are made for truth,” writes Luigi Giussani, “and truth is the correspondence between reality and consciousness.” The period spent between naps, as some wag once put it. Without the freedom to make true judgments about that which is, we remain slaves to fashion and force. …

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