The Centre for Catholic Studies is dedicated to spreading, in the spirit of wisdom, the understanding and love of “the truth that the Catholic faith professes” which is what we can know about God and our relationship with God by faith. It is only insofar as it is revealed by God and taught by the Catholic Church, and held therefore as a matter of faith, that we make the claim to wisdom as Catholics. Does that mean that we are only concerned with matters of faith that transcend our reason; and are not therefore concerned with the truths that we can know by the use of our natural reasoning power? No, as St. Thomas points out, there are plenty of truths of reason that come within Revelation, the whole of natural or human morality, for instance – but they are all to do with God and our relationship to God.
This is why we believe you should study at the Centre, because it is one of the few places where you will find fully expounded the truth that the Catholic faith professes. Indeed, such is the pervasiveness of academic relativism, there are few other places which even profess that what they teach is the truth.
‘Wisdom’ and truth’ are not words that are much used today in academic and educational institutions. The aims stated tend to be expressed in more non-committal terms, like “excellence in education”; and research and scholarship seem to be promoted for their own sake, as if the accumulation of factual information and acquaintance with the opinions of the learned were all that education was about. The possibility of much education ending up as learned folly does not seem to be acknowledged.
If we are too intellectually modest to aspire to true wisdom what are we forgoing? Let St. Thomas answer this: