You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.
For, not in vain did God set the light of reason in the human mind; and so far is the super-added light of faith from extinguishing or lessening the power of the intelligence that it completes it rather, and by adding to its strength renders it capable of greater things.
Pope Leo XIII, 1879
To set up science as an "unknown God" seems a curious choice, even more curious than the choice of humanity, which -- pitiable object as it is -- was at least made in the image of God.
Sir Bertram Windle, 1919
When we speak of the reform of institutions, the State comes chiefly to mind, not as if universal well-being were to be expected from its activity, but because things have come to such a pass through the evil of what we have termed "individualism" that, following upon the overthrow and near extinction of that rich social life which was once highly developed through associations of various kinds, there remain virtually only individuals and the State. This is to the great harm of the State itself; for, with a structure of social governance lost, and with the taking over of all the burdens which the wrecked associations once bore. the State has been overwhelmed and crushed by almost infinite tasks and duties.
Pope Pius XI, 1931
What remains of man? A consumer crowned with science. That is the last gift, the twentieth-century gift of the Cartesian reformation.
Jacques Maritain, 1933
There is a remarkable contrast between the apparent humility and the hidden arrogance of relativism. The relativist rejects the absolutism inherent in our great Western tradition -- in its belief in the possibility of a rational and universal ethics or of natural right -- with indignation and contempt; and he accuses that tradition of provincialism. ... The only people who are not provincial and narrow are the Western relativists and their Westernized followers in other cultures. They alone are right.
Leo Strauss, 1956
How much of Catholic charity is wasted (from the world's point of view) upon the lepers, the incurable, the dying, the dying races, too, and the sinful souls that will never "make good"!
Ronald Knox, 1958
Fidelity to man requires fidelity to the truth, which alone is the guarantee of freedom and real development.
Pope Benedict XVI, October 2, 2009
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