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Part Three

activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is ordered to and

ennobled by the ultimate end of man.

296

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Sacred art

is true and beautiful when its form corresponds

to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and

adoration, the transcendent mystery of God—the surpassing invis­

ible beauty of truth and love visible in Christ, who “reflects the

glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature,” in whom

“the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

297

This spiritual beauty

of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the an­

gels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to

prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One

and Sanctifier.

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For this reason bishops, personally or through delegates,

should see to the promotion of sacred art, old and new, in all its

forms and, with the same religious care, remove from the liturgy

and from places of worship everything which is not in conformity

with the truth of faith and the authentic beauty of

sacred

art.

298

IN BRIEF

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“You shall not bear false witness against your neigh­

bor” (

Ex

20:16). Christ’s disciples have “put on the

new man, created after the likeness of God in true

righteousness and holiness” (

Eph

4:24).

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Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in

showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words,

and guarding against duplicity, dissimulation, and

hypocrisy.

2506

The Christian is not to “be ashamed of testifying to

our Lord” (

2 Tim

1:8) in deed and word. Martyrdom is

the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith.

2507

Respect for the reputation and honor of persons for­

bids all detraction and calumny in word or attitude.

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Lying consists in saying what is false with the inten­

tion of deceiving one’s neighbor.

296 Cf. Pius XII,

Musicae sacrae disciplina;

Discourses of September 3 and

December 25, 1950.

297

Heb

1:3;

Col

2:9.

298 Cf.

SC

122-127.

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