By Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Saint Maria Goretti invites us to be faithful to the traditional doctrine of the Church. She is a role model of the Church’s zeal in defense of purity and that unique bravery that purity imbues. The Church has always instilled this bravery in defense of virtue. That is why a faithful Catholic should prefer death to losing his/her purity.
Much has been said about a truly Christian social order. There can be no true social order without the family and there can be no true family without purity whose very name fills men with human respect and whose practice must be carried out to perfection and which must be honored as a value in and of itself.
Few dare to talk about another aspect of the practice of this virtue: chastity according to one’s state in life, be it perfect chastity or married chastity. Purity must be practiced and defended in these two holy forms.
The political and social order will inevitably crumble in ambiances where the virtue of purity is disregarded. Thus, there can be no preservation of the social and political order, nor the serious building of Christian civilization without a foundation based on purity, among other virtues.