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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO DELIVERS PFIC COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS By Br. Barnabas McHenry, O.P. Justice Samuel Alito receives St. Dominic Medal from PFIC President Fr. John Langlois, O.P. Photo by Matthew Barrick On May 12, the PFIC was pleased to have the Honorable Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, as its commencement speaker in this 75th anniversary year as a Pontifical Faculty. The PFIC has previously been visited by justices of the “Highest Court in the Land.” Justice Alito had joined the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the PFIC in January of 2016 for a lecture and dinner in honor of the Order’s 800th Jubilee. During the commencement exercises, the PFIC presented Justice Alito with the Saint Dominic Medal, awarded to an individual who, through demonstrated competency in his life’s work, has advanced the ideals of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, thus bringing honor and recognition to the charism of the Dominican Order. As a man dedicated to universal truth in the adjudication of civic law, Justice Alito has demonstrated the timeless principles preached by the Dominican Order since its inception. In his remarks to the assembled faculty, graduates, and friends, Justice Alito traced out his view for the future of the Catholic Church Faith & Reason - Volume IV, Issue II in the public square. Though we currently live in an era of increasing secularism and disbelief, there is still a longing in many human hearts for transcendent meaning and vocation. Justice Alito noted that nurturing this deep desire in people is a task particularly suited to the Order of Preachers and those who have been formed in a Thomistic course of studies here at the PFIC. He recalled, on a recent trip to China, being told by a local resident that the Catholic Church is respected there as the “Church of Reasons,” since the faithful can give rational testimony for their beliefs. Like the Apostles of the early Church and Dominican missionaries who followed centuries later, we are still called today to “always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope which is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15) Looking Ёɽ́ѡȁх̰)ѥ)Ѽɕ͕ѡЁѡ͔ɔ)ϊQѡ܁A% ɅՅѕ́ݡ)ٔѕQЁمѥٔ)٥݅́ѼɕѡݥѠ)䁅Ѽѡѥ)ѡ9́)́ ɥи