As the late, great Fr. James Schall reminded us, “St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that the greatest service that we can offer our neighbor is to know the truth, to speak the truth.” Austin Ruse offers this greatest service in his new book, Under Siege: No Finer Time to Be a Faithful Catholic.
Full disclosure: Austin and I are friends. Twenty some years ago, we had our first heart-to-heart chat in the way men should, over copious quantities of cognac, late one evening at a Fellowship of Catholic Scholars conference in the Midwest.
I also have seen Austin in action at his Center for Family and Human Rights. I had the privilege of participating in a weekend off-the-record meeting in New York of United Nations delegates with whom Austin worked in assembling a pro-life caucus. The broad coalition of people he had put together took my breath away. He tells the story of the near miraculous success of this organization in upholding the sanctity of human life and the natural family in the U.N. deliberations, against all odds.