In this episode, we focus our sights on two essential virtues: justice and religion.
Justice is the virtue of granting to others that which is due to them. Religion ─ what St. Thomas Aquinas called “the virtue of virtues” ─ is the highest form of justice, insofar as it involves rendering to God that which is due to Him, placing our obligations to Him above all other duties, and thus ensuring the integrity of our social and political life in common.
Our guest is Dr. Scott Hahn, President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Hahn is a leading Catholic scholar and speaker, and is the author of 60 books, including the recent publication which we explore in depth in this interview ─ It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion.
0:00 - Introduction
2:30 - Religion as "the virtue of virtues"
12:30 - The public nature of religion
21:35 - Sanctifying secular society - our greatest patriotic duty and gift
32:30 - Observing and consecrating the Sabbath
42:25 - Worthy reception of the Sacraments
48:10 - Conclusion
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Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley, It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion (2020)
Scott Hahn, The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (1999)
Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Him Only Shall You Serve” (paragraphs 2104 and 2105).
Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.