On a certain occasion, Saint Thomas Aquinas revealed one of the secrets that permit us to better understand the integrity and brilliance of his intellectual work. He basically explained that he never advanced in the development of a thought or in the search for an answer without being absolutely sure that the steps he had previously taken were founded upon unquestionable truths.
Along this line, it’s easy to encounter words of praise from the Magisterium of the Church to the great doctors for their clarity and security; characteristics which permitted the Church to expound its doctrine on firm ground, making it accessible to the faithful with facility and clarity. That’s how the teachings of the Popes have been for the past two thousand years, fulfilling the prerequisite of the Savior for transmitting the good news: ‘Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil’ (Mt 5:37).
The method the Church employs in presenting its disciplinary norms with clarity in order to orient the faithful along the path of salvation, is also no novelty. So, is this by chance a path that leads to finding nothing, a static and inward-directed view of things that transforms the faith into any other type of ideology? Let’s take a brief look at what the Church has said for the past 2000 years..
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