I can still remember how this encyclical inspired me to a greater faith, stuck as I was in the neo-Catholic fever swamp but looking for the beauty of truth. And here it was, the Splendor of the Truth, pointing out that true freedom consists in the ability to choose the Good, and not in a mere liberty to do as one thinks they wish, which in reality is a slavery to sin.
My wife and I went to a presentation on Veritatis Splendor given by a professor at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and I was blown away by it. In my mind then, and in my mind now, it was the best thing John Paul II wrote, and we all know he wrote a lot. Sometime reader of this blog, Reader X, often chided me by saying that no Pope deserves credit for simply doing his job. It seems to me now that JPII looks like Gregory the Great by comparison to the current occupant of the
Rigged Synods getting you down? Consider what even the relatively anemic Church is capable of teaching in this encyclical, and be of good cheer to the end. I will repost only one excerpt below, but there are more at Rorate. And why not just read it all?