Monday, January 28, 2008

The Catholic Mind of Ron Paul

The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

I've been meaning to do this for some time now but have only now found a break in January's pro-life activities to come out and officially endorse Ron Paul for presdient.

After reading Ron Paul's statements and listening to his speeches on what Hilarie Belloc called The Crisis of Civilization, I can only conclude that this is a man for our times. Just below the surface of Ron Paul's writings and thoughts one can detect an understanding of the best of Catholic thought --- the principle of subsidiary, just war theory, the problem of usury, and the modern return to slavery and cruelty. The part of his thinking that resonates most deeply with the American public (and the foreign public as well) is Dr. Paul's affirmation of free will over determinism or predestination.

Dr. Paul is offering real hope, hope and belief in the people of this nation to live out the true definition of freedom -- Freedom that is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes one's own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.

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