activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is ordered to and
ennobled by the ultimate end of man.
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.”
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
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
“You shall not bear false witness against your neigh
20:16). Christ’s disciples have “put on the
new man, created after the likeness of God in true
righteousness and holiness” (
Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in
showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words,
and guarding against duplicity, dissimulation, and
The Christian is not to “be ashamed of testifying to
our Lord” (
1:8) in deed and word. Martyrdom is
the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith.
Respect for the reputation and honor of persons for
bids all detraction and calumny in word or attitude.
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.