A good deal of what the Catholic Church teaches about the state and her relationship to it belongs to the province of philosophy. It belongs to those truths of the faith that are naturally knowable and don’t absolutely require revelation. This distinction should be familiar. There are some truths that the Church teaches which we can’t know by unaided reason although they aren’t contrary to reason. Among these truths are that God is a Trinity of Persons and that the Son of God became man. There are other truths that the Church teaches which we can know by unaided reason,

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