• On The Nature of True Liberty (13-15)
    Lady Liberty in the French Revolution We have been away from the topic for a while now and will return from where we left off. 13. Moreover, the highest duty is to respect authority [he has in mind particularly God's, to whom we owe our existence], and obediently to submit to just law; and by […]
  • On the Nature of True Liberty (10-12)
    It has been a while since a post on Libertas. Here is 7-9. Below follows the text: 10. From this it is manifest that the eternal law of God is the sole standard and rule of human liberty, not only in each individual man, but also in the community and civil society which men constitute […]
  • On the Nature of True Liberty (7-9)
    We left off by recognizing that reasoning always takes place before an act of will/volition. Thus continues the text: 7. Such, then, being the condition of human liberty, it necessarily stands in need of light and strength to direct its actions to good and to restrain them from evil. Without this, the freedom of our […]
  • On The Nature of True Liberty (4-6)
    Here we continue our analysis of Libertas Praestantissimum, the relevant encyclical of Leo XIII in 1888. Read here the last (and first post), in which Leo XIII defines liberty and begins identifying the modern shift in its definition. Here follows the text: 4. As the Catholic Church declares in the strongest terms the simplicity, spirituality, and […]
  • On the Nature of True Liberty (1-3)
    In light of all the public debate about religious liberty, and confusion of terms following Vatican II's document Dignitatis Humanae, I thought it would be useful to review/parse the most directly related document the Church has ever produced on the topic of liberty itself: Libertas Praestantissimum (On the Nature of True Liberty) written by Pope Leo XIII, […]
  • Relevant Text: On The True Nature of Liberty by Leo XIII (1888)
    My emphasis in bold. LIBERTAS ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIIION THE NATURE OFHUMAN LIBERTY To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, andBishops of the Catholic World in Grace andCommunion with the Apostolic See. Liberty, the highest of natural endowments, being the portion only of intellectual or rational natures, confers on man this dignity – that he is […]