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Vatican Cardinal Burke: In today’s society ‘morality has ceased to exist’
Life Site News ^ | August 4, 2011 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN

Posted on 08/04/2011 3:37:24 PM PDT by NYer

DENVER, August 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, delivered a dire yet hopeful message about the current state of society in an address at the 129th Knights of Columbus Convention Tuesday. 

“We are witnesses of a society in which, in many respects, morality has ceased to exist,” said Burke. “We are called ever more urgently to the new evangelization of our culture.”

Cardinal Burke pinpointed the problem as “moral relativism,” which he said “has even entered into the thinking of some theologians in the Church and which has provided an ideological foundation for a culture which is predominantly marked by violence and death.”

The Pope, said Cardinal Burke, “described a moral relativism, called proportionalism or consequentialism in contemporary moral theology, which has generated profound confusion and deadly error regarding the most fundamental truths of the moral order.”

He exemplified the erroneous thinking, saying:

We think, for instance, of the justification of the murder of the unborn child in the womb as the exercise of the right of the mother to choose, weighing other goods, whether to bring to term the baby she has conceived; the justification of the abhorrent practices of the artificial generation of human life and its destruction, at the embryonic stage of development, as the means to obtain supposed cures for crippling or deadly diseases; the justification of the so-called “mercy killing” of those who have the first title to our care, our brothers and sisters who have grown weak through advanced years, grave illness or special needs, as respect for the quality of their lives; and the justification of the sexual union of two persons of the same sex as tolerance of so-called alternative forms of human sexuality, as if there were a true form of human sexuality other than the form written in the human body and soul by God.

Effectively, according to Burke, the culture’s need for evangelization now is as dire as when the Church first began.

“Even as the first disciples faced a pagan world which had not even heard of our Lord Jesus Christ, so, we, too face a culture which is forgetful of God and hostile to His Law written upon every human heart,” he said.

The “program leading to freedom and happiness” for each of us, said Burke, is “the holiness of life in Christ, in accord with our state in life and with careful attention to our ‘time and culture’.”

Burke described a holiness that would courageously proclaim Christianity despite the many voices seeking to exclude faith from public life.

“Religious faith and practice is important for the life of every nation, specifically for the right formation of the conscience of her citizens,” he said. “ When reason is not purified by faith in the political realm, the powerful and influential of the time exercise a tyranny which violates the fundamental rights of the very people whom political leaders are called to serve.”

Bruke concluded: “Yes, we face a struggle with those who would falsely exclude the purifying and illuminating service of faith to reason, those who would insist that, when it comes to civic life, we must bracket our religious faith, even to the point of violating our own conscience.

“But we know the truth about the critical service which our faith brings to political reasoning, and, therefore, we must remain steadfast in giving witness to it, even in the face of indifference and hostility.”

See Burke’s complete talk to the KofC Convention here.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: burke; morality; society

1 posted on 08/04/2011 3:37:32 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/04/2011 3:38:19 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Morality has always existed and will always exist. It’s just semantics, but the Cardinal should have said that morality’s existence is no longer recognized by too large a proportion of our population.


3 posted on 08/04/2011 3:51:07 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: NYer

Pinged for Truth!


4 posted on 08/04/2011 3:55:32 PM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: NYer
Even as the first disciples faced a pagan world which had not even heard of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

Not even those fun loving Romans sanctioned fag marriage.

5 posted on 08/04/2011 4:00:32 PM PDT by Jacquerie (The Declaration of Independence is our Magna Carta. John Taylor 1823.)
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To: NYer

As in the days of Noah...


6 posted on 08/04/2011 4:02:49 PM PDT by Advil000
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To: Advil000
its just a matter of going down the slimy slope....people tell themselves that they really are not sinning, that lusting after naked pictures or being a voyeur at Hooters is not really “sinning”....
7 posted on 08/04/2011 4:08:08 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Pollster1
Morality has always existed and will always exist. It’s just semantics

Really, by whose definition?

8 posted on 08/04/2011 4:12:56 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
Let no one in any way deceive you,
for it will not come unless the apostasy
comes first, and the man of lawlessness
is revealed, the son of destruction,
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

9 posted on 08/04/2011 4:13:16 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: NYer
Some virtues to think about in conjunction with morality.

Vatican Cardinal Burke: In today’s society ‘morality has ceased to exist’
Heaven and the love of neighbour [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Virtue of Prudence [Michael Voris video]
Back-to-School Virtues: Three qualities that help your child succeed in class and in life
How to Make All Our Conversations Virtuous [Ecumenical]

Advent -- A Season of Hope
Modesty En Vogue [Another one of the virtues]"
Prudence: Mother of All Virtues
The Virtue of Confidence
Is Courage a Masculine Virtue?
Cardinal Virtues: Obama and the Real American Infrastructure – Part One
Cardinal Virtues: Obama and the Real American Infrastructure — Part Two
Morality is Habit-Forming: The Cardinal Virtues
The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue [St. Thomas Aquinas]
Living the Virtue of Humility

10 posted on 08/04/2011 4:19:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Libs have made a cesspool of America.


11 posted on 08/04/2011 4:38:19 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Pollster1

Society is rotting from the head down AND the bottom up!


12 posted on 08/04/2011 4:39:03 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: NYer

In my humble, very uneducated opinion, society has always suffered from the same DEGREE of immorality—it’s just that different sins dominate different eras. Today, we’re a bunch of oversexed, irresponsible, lazy, perverted jerks. Yesterday, we tortured and murdered people who didn’t submit to the ruling class’s religion, and oppressed people for being the wrong color, representing the wrong ethnicity, etc.

We’re not getting more immoral. We’ve just shifted from violence to sex.


13 posted on 08/04/2011 4:39:10 PM PDT by Méabh
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To: Pollster1

You say “... The Cardinal should have said...”

His words were (emphasis mine):

“We are witnesses of a society in which, IN MANY RESPECTS, morality has ceased to exist...”

He did not deny the continued existence of morality. He was obviously commenting on the existence of a moral sense in the lives of most people. Context is key.


14 posted on 08/04/2011 4:51:42 PM PDT by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Méabh

People still commit the usual “social sins” (prejudice against groups for one reason or another, etc.), but the objects of the violence and hatred have simply changed.

And sexual immorality coupled with slothfulness and casual violence has always been a plague in any society.

The difference is that people in Christian societies at least knew it was wrong and didn’t try to justify it. If you were going to sin, you knew you were sinning. You and most of your friends may have done it anyway, but there was an ideal that at some point might have been able to pull you out of it or save you from truly horrible acts. Now we have no ideal.

Sin has been transformed into virtue (”gay marriage”) and society neither offers nor accepts any virtuous ideal. That’s a big, big difference, and we are probably the first society to have no personal moral code, relating to sex or anything else, for that matter.


15 posted on 08/04/2011 5:02:53 PM PDT by livius
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To: Méabh
We’ve just shifted from violence to sex.

Only if one forgets that abortion. infanticide, and euthanasia are just as violent as war.

16 posted on 08/04/2011 5:32:13 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: NYer

“Even as the first disciples faced a pagan world which had not even heard of our Lord Jesus Christ, so, we, too face a culture which is forgetful of God and hostile to His Law written upon every human heart,”....

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Sadly, he has summed it up quite well there.


17 posted on 08/04/2011 5:33:35 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: patriot08

Libs have made a cesspool of America.

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True. But all of us are complicit to a certain extent by not holding the line hard enough against the sliming of our culture.


18 posted on 08/04/2011 5:36:00 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: NYer
“Even as the first disciples faced a pagan world which had not even heard of our Lord Jesus Christ, so, we, too face a culture which is forgetful of God and hostile to His Law written upon every human heart,” he said.

cycle of life and all. seems fitting for the end of things to resemble the beginning.

19 posted on 08/04/2011 5:38:49 PM PDT by _a_0_0_
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To: cherry
... people tell themselves that they really are not sinning...

Society tells them they are not really sinning. Sins are the fault of society, not the sinner. A Christian country which once recognized the need for reconciliation with God in our sinful nature now goes to a counselor to be told that what they feel and what they have done is normal.

20 posted on 08/04/2011 6:49:59 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: cherry
... people tell themselves that they really are not sinning...

Society tells them they are not really sinning. Sins are the fault of society, not the sinner. A Christian country which once recognized the need for reconciliation with God in our sinful nature now goes to a counselor to be told that what they feel and what they have done is normal... no matter how heinous or depraved.

21 posted on 08/04/2011 6:50:23 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Salvation

Placemark for your links.


22 posted on 08/04/2011 9:27:54 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: _a_0_0_

Welcome to Free Republic!

Hope you enjoy your time on this site.

23 posted on 08/05/2011 4:25:27 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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