Man is Prior to the State

“There is no reason to interpose provision by the State, for man is older than the State. Wherefore he had to possess by nature his own right to protect his life and body before any polity had been formed.” On the Condition of the Working Classes. Excerpt from Encyclical Letter of Pope Leo XIII, 15th…

When dialogue is all at sea

  The disproportion between an intellect’s asking a question and understanding a reply. “An intellect can be capable of formulating an objection without being capable of understanding the argument that meets the objection. The fact, that an individual’s intellectual strength may be greater in raising objections than in understanding replies, is a common cause of…

True Freedom

  In Transformation In Christ Dietrich von Hildebrand writes about the Christian attitude: “For he will not have attained to true freedom until public opinion no longer has any hold on his spirit; until he no longer knows any dependence but one – an unconditional dependence on Christ, to whom he has given himself, for all…

Plain Sailing

“The aim of Catholic dialogue is persuasion and, at a higher level, conversion of the other party.” “In Scripture, evangelization proceeds by teaching not by dialogue. Christ’s last command to his disciples was matheteuein and didaskein, which literally means make disciples of all men, rather as if the Apostles’ task consisted in leading the nations…