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Monday, 1 June 2009

Veritatis Praeco

The Veritatis Praeco blog serves to promote an online journal that is available for free download. Here is the introduction from the "About" page:
Veritatis Praeco is a private publication, written and edited by students at an unnamed private Catholic college. For various reasons, everyone involved with the production of the journal maintains anonymnity; primarily, this is to foster a respect for the message, which is of consequence, and not the identities of the individuals promoting it, a matter lacking any grave significance at all.
I am happy to commend this initiative for the quality and intelligence of the articles published. To give an idea of the purpose of the journal, here is a quotation from the blog's introductory post. I was going to clip it but then decided that it was worth reproducing the quotation from Chesterton - one of his finest passages:
“Tradition,” once wrote G.K. Chesterton, “means giving a vote to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.” Few statements could better or more concisely represent the aims of this journal: to restore the truest democracy of all, that which admits truth no matter how old it may be, no matter who speaks it; and to stand firm upon the shoulders of giants against those audacious few who aim to control, to abuse, and to dominate the many… (continued in the print edition)
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