Quote of the Week: Juan Donoso Cortés, “Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism”

Juan Donoso Cortes - etchingAnd what we have said of ages, can be said of men. Denying or granting them the faith, God denies or grants them the truth. He does not grant or deny them intelligence. The infidel’s may be sublime, the believer’s moderate [sic*]. But the former is only great like an abyss, whilst the latter is holy like a tabernacle: in the first dwells error; in the second, truth. In the abyss, with error, is death; in the tabernacle, with truth, is life. For this reason there is no hope whatever for those societies which abandon the austere worship of truth for the idolatry of genius. On the heels of sophisms come revolutions; on the heels of sophists, executioners.

▪ Juan Donoso Cortés (*William M’Donald, trn.), Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism – Considered in Their Fundamental Principles (M. H. Gill & Son, 1878) extract from page 12.

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