“Just as it is in the world’s interest to acknowledge the Church as an historical reality, and to recognize her good influence, so the Church herself knows how richly she has profited by the history and development of humanity.”
Thus begins today’s reading from the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
Today we look at how the Church can benefit from the world. Philosophy and the social sciences has long provided the Church with more ways to express the truths of the Gospel.
Here are the footnotes:
22. Cf. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapter II, n. 13: AAS 57 (1965), p. 17.
23. Cf. Justin, Dialogus cum Tryphene, Chapter 110; MG 6, 729 (ed. Otto), 1897, pp. 391-393: “. . .but the greater the number of persecutions which are inflicted upon us, so much the greater the number of other men who become devout believers through the name of Jesus.” Cf. Tertullian, Apologeticus, Chapter L, 13: “Every time you mow us down like grass, we increase in number: the blood of Christians is a seed!” Cf. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapter II, no. 9: AAS 57 (1965), p. 14.