Letters to the editor

In her recent (Feb. 7) column Kathryn Jean Lopez laments the lack of virtue evident in the barbaric murder of Tyre Nichols. She mentioned professor Robert P. George’s observation that there’s a lack of civic virtue in society, that students caught cheating today don’t seem to have any sense of shame. She opines that there will be no future hope of remembering and rebuilding our national identity without virtue.

Why has depravity spread across society? Fulton J. Sheen’s thoughts are more pertinent now than ever: “It is characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unconscious of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice how shall men know it is violated? Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world: the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.”

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