Skip to comments.‘God is the foundation for human rights,’ instructs Holy Father
Posted on 12/12/2008 6:37:42 AM PST by GonzoII
The church has always emphasized human rights, he continued, because they are a universal given, since they form part of the very nature of humanity. It is the natural law, which is inscribed by the Creator in human consciousness,
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.- Following a concert on Wednesday at the Vatican, the Holy Father addressed the crowd about human rights. These rights, he said, are based in God, who has given intelligence and freedom to all. If these rights are disconnected from God, the Pope cautioned, they weaken and lose their concrete foundation.
The concert, which was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The night included musical arrangements presented by the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester of Frankfurt, which was directed by the Spaniard Inman Shara.
After the music concluded, the Holy Father took the occasion to speak to the audience. In his speech, he affirmed that in order to achieve the true dignity of all persons, their fundamental rights must be recognized, defended, and promoted."
The church has always emphasized human rights, he continued, because they are a universal given, since they form part of the very nature of humanity. It is the natural law, which is inscribed by the Creator in human consciousness, that is the common denominator of all persons and all people; it is a universal guide that all can understand and in virtue of which all can understand themselves."
These rights are ultimately based on God the Creator who has given intelligence and freedom to all, Benedict XVI explained. If human rights are disconnected from God, they weaken and lose their concrete foundation."
The Pope then called on everyone to use the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Declaration as an opportunity to verify to what point the ideals, accepted by the majority of the community of nations in 1948, are respected today in the different national legislatures and, further, in the consciousness of individuals and communities."
"They have undoubtedly come a long way but there still remains much to do: the rights to life, liberty and safety for hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters remain threatened; the equality of all and the dignity of each are not always respected while new barriers tied to race, religion, political opinions, and other convictions are being raised."
The common task to better promote and define human rights cannot cease, concluded the Holy Father, but rather our efforts must intensify.
Pope Benedict Jefferson, XVI
I have always wondered what the secular foundation of human rights is. Modern secular liberalism is essentially Christianity with the foundation removed. It might look solid and dominant from a distance, but any significant tremor...
Is a gov. bailout a 'human right?' We shall see.
“Pope Benedict Jefferson, XVI”
I kinda got those “vibes” too when I read this.
The secular foundation is that man has “reasoned” that humans have certain inalienable rights.
The problem with this is that man can just as easily “reason” that you DON’T have those rights anymore.
The very foundation of conservatism, that you have inalienable rights, is grounded in the concept of an objective, supernatural, extra-material, unchanging Creator.
Oh, that’s just because conservatism (private property, personal responsibility, limited power of men) is more in line with God’s will and Creation than any other ideology or worldview.
“limited power of men”
I like that, i.e. an humble acknowledgement of reliance on a Creator; a good way to draw down God’s blessings.
Indeed - the foundation of Liberalism is loose. They generally just back it up with indignation and pushing consensus. “Everyone agrees...” “I don’t need a god to know what is right...”.
The problem is that while consensus is probably the strongest moral force in existence to humans, it is also a fickle mistress. Much of the current stability of liberalism is merely an unreasoned response of shock and horror to what happened when human morality was *really* let loose at the dawn of the 20:th century. But memories invariably fade...
Sowell calls it the “constrained vision” of the human condition.
No individual human is that much more capable than the average, so their power to make decisions for others should be limited.
The unconstrained vision believes that certain individuals do have the reasoning ability, and the ability to acquire sufficient knowledge, to make decisions for all humanity.
This is the basis for ideological differences.
Holy Father got that right. What mankind "giveth," mankind can "taketh" away.
This is simply untrue...or does he not include the right to worship God as one sees fit as a fundamental right? Simply not true. He knows better, too, I'm sure.
If human rights are disconnected from God, they weaken and lose their concrete foundation.”
True. We end up with groups like the black panthers and women who abort their babies, and many other groups who mock God and blaspheme His Word in the name of rights. They forget what they were fighting for. It becomes selfish and usually rises from a place rooted in bitterness, rather than a godly desire rising up to see those who are truly oppressed set free. Jesus is our liberty. Without Him, most people are just fighting for their right to invite sin and perversion into their lives and others.IMO
2 Cor 3:17
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty .
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
That certainly is the case with the unborn.
“These rights, he said, are based in God, ‘who has given intelligence and freedom to all.’ If these rights are disconnected from God, the Pope cautioned, they ‘weaken and lose their concrete foundation.’”
Unfortunately, the UN’s “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (below) makes no mention whatsoever to God, or that our rights are given to us by Him, not government, the UN or any other human institution. So the words of this declaration—I agree with the Pope—had rights which were weakened and lost their concrete foundation upon its composition, 60 years ago (as the miserable history of the UN has proven, time and again).
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(other language versions | Human Rights Day 10 December | 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. *
* Amendment #1: These rights,...are based in God, who has given intelligence and freedom to all." ..Benedict XVI
I'm glad we got that squared away!
Take care, Gonzo
As has been said: “Freedom is not license.”