Page 5, 27th December 1940

27th December 1940
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Page 5, 27th December 1940 — TRUTH THROUGH BEAUTY Dublin's Archbishop on Education

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People: Goodness, C. McQuaid, Mgr
Locations: Primate, Dublin


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TRUTH THROUGH BEAUTY Dublin's Archbishop on Education

" It were surely easy to surround the impressionable child, after the manner of so many Catholic educationists, with genuinely lovely pictures. . Truth seen through Beauty of external forms,' is a phrase that might well explain the educational value of Catholic Liturgy," says Mgr. J. C. McQuaid, DD., M.A., the nev. Archbishop of Dublin and Primate ot Ireland, whose consecration by Cardinal MaeRory is taking place to-day, December 27, and whose sayings on the subject of education we take from his Catholic Education, an Irish C.T.S. pamphlet.

Dr. McQuaid rebukes the philosophical theorists, who having lost the guidance of Faith, have wrought havoc with young minds, and says: " A more compact grasp of the history of Philosophy would show these critics (who now regard Education as a field for philosophical theorists) that the traditionally Catholic system is justified by the sane philosophy called Scholastic."

Swiftly setting forth the main tenets of scholastic philosophy, concerning intellect, aesthetic emotion and will in which we recognise the traditional formation in regard to Truth, Beauty and Goodness, the Archbishop goes on :—" The intellect (of the child) is not fully formed unless it has attained to a reasoned esteem of beauty. Beeuty is a certain splendour of Truth and attraction of Goodness, which supposes in the multiple parts of an object an integrity and a proportion."

REASONED ESTEEM OF THE BEAUTIFUL " I should like," says Dr. McQuaid, " to make a plea tor the swifter restoration in our land of that portion of traditional Catholic formation of the intellect which is the reasoned esteem of the Beautiful."

Finally, the Archbishop makes some comments on the name and use of pleasure, which, he says, " Catholic Education does not fear, for that accessory of training has a rightful place in will-activity. Pleasure is but the complement of well-ordered activity, and, as such, strengthens both the act and the faculty of action Since we aim at fully developing the will, we should aim at assisting it to produce its fullest activity. We cannot, as we have shown, act directly on the will, but only oil the will through the object proposed to it. The good, as the object of the will, to be complete, must possess not only truth but beauty. The supreme attraction of the good, and thus the greatest source of pleasure in the activity of the will, is this radiance of beauty."

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