Initium sapientiae timor Domini.
I assume true friendship would require both parties to be Catholic, right? Although St. Thomas may have said that there is nothing more prized in this world than friendship, he and others do strongly caution against false notions of friendship. See: The Church's Teaching on Dealing with Non-Catholics
If we're going to restrict our naming, then only associates who are in the state of grace and united to God in charity are true friends. But I'd prefer to use the name friend more broadly, as did Aristotle.
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