In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas
The Latin phrase in necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas
means "in certain things unity; in doubtful things liberty; in all things charity".
It is often misattributed to St. Augustine of Hippo
, but seems to have been first used in the seventeenth century by a German Lutheran theologian
called Rupertus Meldenius in the form "in necesariis unita
], in non-necessariis liberta
], in utrisque charita
, meaning "in certain things, unity; in uncertain things, liberty; and in both, charity".
It is widely quoted in defence of theological
freedom. This phrase is the motto of the ÷CV, the association of Catholic student fraternities of Austria.