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*Image: The Apotheosis of St. Thomas Aquinas (aka, Aquinas in Ecstasy) by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1598 [Museum of Fine Arts Seville, Seville, Spain]. Saint Thomas, lifted in glory, is surrounded by fathers of the Church: Saint Gregory, Saint Ambrose, Saint Jerome, and Saint Augustine.

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing, Aug. 16, 2022

Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent books are Columbus and the Crisis of the West and A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century.

The Marxist government of Nicaragua placed a Catholic bishop and several priests under house arrest last week and closed a half-dozen Catholic radio stations. It previously banned hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – groups we used to talk about as constituting “civil society,” i.e., the human networks where life, in normal circumstances, can take place in real face-to-face community, free of political interference. All Marxist or totalitarian regimes – from Nicaragua to China, Cuba to Russia – try to suppress and replace these natural formations, especially religion and the family (the basic cell of society in Catholic social thought) because they have real potential to resist encroachments by the State. …