The Splendor of the “Splendor of Truth”
Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor (“The Splendor of Truth”).
“Underlying many of the criticisms of Veritatis Splendor is the belief that it is not mercy about sin we require, but liberation from the yoke of the moral law itself. Such a mindset completely obscures the reality that the moral law is the surest path to true freedom. Instead of seeing the moral law as a means of our liberation and salvation, the new dispensation reduces the moral life to precisely the sort of small-minded legalism that concerns itself primarily with the question, ‘What is the least I can do and be saved?'”
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