„Actually, we have misdefined "hypocrisy." Hypocrisy is not the failure to practice what you preach but the failure to believe it. Hypocrisy is propaganda.“

—  Peter Kreeft, "The Pillars of Unbelief," National Catholic Register Jan-Feb 1988

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