“Most people know [John Courtney] Murray for his work on Vatican II’s Decree on Religious Liberty. In his 1960 book We Hold These Truths—which has never gone out of print—Murray argues the classic Catholic case for the legitimacy of American democracy. But Murray’s real genius is tucked inside his earlier words from 1940, where he says that “a profound religious truth is at the basis of democratic theory and practice, namely the intrinsic dignity of human nature; the spiritual freedom of the human soul; its equality as a soul with others of its kind; and its superiority to all that does not share its spirituality.” (Kindle e-book edition, Location 114)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A Word on Wednesday, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
For today, I offer a slight change of pace while trying to stay within the spirit of ‘A Word on Wednesday’. The following quote is from Archbishop Chaput’s recent Kindle ebook, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America. I heartily recommend this book to all Catholics; it gives a wonderful celebration of the truth the Church teaches that exemplifies the kind of thinking so common among our Founding Fathers. We badly need to relearn these ideas today.