Fides et ratio

The Four Causes of Holy Mother Church

“The School of Athens” (detail showing Aristotle with the elder Plato) by Raphael

“In the Nicene Creed we profess the four Marks of the Church which are one, holy, catholic and apostolic. These four marks are intrinsically intertwined. These are those things by which we can distinguish the true Church from a false one provided all four are properly fulfilled by the true nature and essence of the One True Church built upon […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

Pope St. John Paul II

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (Pope St. John Paul […]

Reading St. John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio—Like a Mother

Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio was given in 1998 to address the relationship between faith and reason. The purpose of reading an encyclical is, in my opinion, to work it into your life, and at this point, everything goes through my mommy-lens. If you struggle with philosophical language, as I do, try first reading the work straight through and writing a short summary of what struck you most after […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed John Paul II

Saint John Paul II

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (Blessed John Paul II, […]

Can You be a Scientist and a Person of Faith?

SEATTLE — Traveling from England, Stratford Caldecott talked about the medical implications for Catholic physicians of protecting human dignity from the moment of conception until natural death in light of Fides et Ratio, the papal document Faith and Reason.  This encyclical was promulgated by Pope John Paul II  in 1998.  For Catholic physicians, Faith and Reason, remains the Pope’s “prescription” […]