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  • The Definition of ‘Wrong’ – How ‘Gay Rights’ relies on moral relativist philosophy

    03/14/2014 5:25:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Lisa Graas ^ | 3/14/2014 | Lisa Graas
    Marilyn Bradford is a therapist who tries to help people out of addiction, such as alcoholism, without any belief in a higher power. In short, she is a moral relativist preaching the “gospel” of moral relativism. Having suffered from what was diagnosed as depression and alcoholism, as well as having put her faith in various gurus and belief systems, Marilyn knows first hand how frustrating and difficult it can be to move beyond other’s restrictive and rigid belief systems. Now free to know what she knows to be true for her, she empowers others to do the same. No one...
  • Governor Jan Brewer serves the Dictatorship of Relativism

    02/27/2014 7:42:15 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 39 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 27, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for the Associated Press, Bob Christie reports that, "Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays. The conservative governor said she could not sign a bill that was not only unneeded but would damage the state's improving business environment and divide its citizens. Senate Bill 1062 had set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from...
  • Stupid for a TIME headline: "Poll: Catholic Beliefs At Odds With Vatican Doctrine"

    02/12/2014 6:00:53 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 9, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Pope Francis ponders if and when TIME magazine might issue any fundamental changes in its ideological and illogical reporting. (Okay, we made that up. At least we admit it when we make stuff up.) I'm still laughing at this one, recently posted on the TIME magazine site: "Poll: Catholic Beliefs At Odds With Vatican Doctrine" Really? Whatever does that mean? That what the actual Catholic Church teaches—that is, her beliefs—is actually different from what the Vatican teaches? Huh. That would be strange, to say the least, since what the Catholic Church believes is, in fact, doctrinal, and it just...
  • On The Tyranny of Relativism as Seen in a Darth Vader Commercial

    11/30/2013 4:59:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/29/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There was a powerful description given by Pope Emeritus Benedict to describe the modern stance of a world that has abandoned any notion of objective truth to which it is accountable. The phrase was “The tyranny of relativism.”In effect the expression describes what happens when there is no standard outside ourselves to which reasonable people can and should appeal in order to square their views or opinions. In such a setting, appeals to reason and agreed upon standards cannot hold the day and resolve disputes.Thus who “wins”? Whose view prevails? The sad answer is that those with the most money,...
  • Just One More Thing . . .

    11/26/2013 9:58:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 10-31-13 | Douglas Wilson
    Note that it does not require a mandatory three, but rather a permissible three. Just as a polygamist at heart might voluntarily opt to limit himself to one spouse (for various reasons of his own), there is absolutely no reason in the logic of our relativistic and floundering marriage laws to require him to limit himself to one. Keep in mind also that this logic is obvious enough to those who have been pushing for homo marriage. They are foolish, not stupid. They have only denied it for practical political reasons — so as to not give us a legit...
  • The disappearance of heroes -- perception or reality?

    11/10/2013 8:36:22 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-10-13 | Luke Hamilton
    Our stories are changing. Wonder and Beauty slowly eke from our world, unnoticed and unmourned. I used to think it was a natural cessation from the Neverland of youth; a necessary immigration from the immature trappings of youthful imagination to the logical constraints of a moribund maturity. However I've found that this is not just my perspective, draining of imagination and wonder as I age. Our stories, our heroes are changing. Our children seem less prone to idealism, more immune to wonder; and this points to a tidal shift in the culture itself. If you watch or read any contemporary...
  • Abp. Chaput: "The more secular we become, the less we care about the true, right and lasting."

    07/10/2013 1:54:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 10, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is pictured following an interview in Rome in October 2012 (CNS photo). First Things has posted an address, "Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith", given yesterday by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., as part of the National Shrine’s Year of Faith lecture series. It begins with a reflection on the 1800-year-old diary of a Roman emperor: Marcus Aurelius held absolute power in a corrupt age. Yet despite that, he chose to seek what is true and right and lasting; and he disciplined his own life accordingly....
  • It's the heart versus the Bible

    06/25/2013 5:41:36 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3-16-04 | Dennis Prager
    I recently interviewed a 26-year-old Swedish student about her views on life. I asked her if she believed in G-d or in any religion. "No, that's silly," she replied. "Then how do you know what is right and wrong?" I asked. "My heart tells me," she responded. In a nutshell, that's the major reason for the great divide within America and between America and much of Europe. The majority of people use their heart — stirred by their eyes — to determine what is right and wrong. A minority uses their mind and/or the Bible to make that determination. Pick...
  • Dictatorship of Relativism (A new intolerance is spreading)

    06/18/2013 6:57:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | POPE BENEDICT XVI AND PETER SEEWALD
    5. Dictatorship of Relativism In his futuristic novel Brave New World, the British author Aldous Huxley had predicted in 1932 that falsification would be the decisive element of modernity. In a false reality with its false truth – or the absence of truth altogether – nothing, in the final analysis, is important any more.There is no truth, there is no standpoint. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard. The distinction between genuine and fake seems to have been abolished. Everything is to some extent negotiable. Is...
  • Two wonderful cartoons from Dixon Diaz about abortion and moral relativism

    04/02/2013 4:58:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 3-31-2013 | Bookworm
    Hat tip, and many thanks, to MacG:
  • Rotten to the Core (Part 2): Readin', Writin' and Deconstructionism

    01/25/2013 2:23:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 013 | Michelle Malkin
    (This is the second part of an ongoing series on federal "Common Core" education standards and the corruption of academic excellence.)The Washington, D.C., board of education earned widespread mockery this week when it proposed allowing high school students -- in the nation's own capital -- to skip a basic U.S. government course to graduate. But this is fiddlesticks compared to what the federal government is doing to eliminate American children's core knowledge base in English, language arts and history. Thanks to the "Common Core" regime, funded with President Obama's stimulus dollars and bolstered by duped Republican governors and business groups,...
  • Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible

    12/31/2012 3:52:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    You've got to hand it to bloviating Brit Piers Morgan. While he got most of the facts wrong in his recent targeting of the Second Amendment, it hasn't stopped him from moving on to even more formidable targets. Such as the Bible. He says the book is "inherently flawed" -- and needs to be amended. Piers handed down his decree while interviewing Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren on the December 24th "Piers Morgan Tonight." Yes, on Christmas Eve. When other hosts might be discussing love, brotherhood, salvation, and all things ethereal, Captain Morgan was giving us the world according to...
  • Fellowship in the Woodlands

    01/02/2013 4:44:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it. I was reminded of this during my annual holiday trip home to The Woodlands, Texas. I've attended Christmas Eve services four out of the last six years at the Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands), which is a Southern Baptist mega church that keeps its Baptist affiliation well hidden from the general...
  • Proposal: Force Citizens to Own Guns

    08/01/2012 7:47:20 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 August 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When people such as Little Big Gulp Bloomberg propose some new nanny-state law, they often express the hope that “it will become a model for the nation.” But forget about aping sprawling metropolises such as the Big Apple or San Francisco if you want to increase public well-being. There is a better locality to copy: Kennesaw, Georgia. I propose that we take one of its laws nationwide and require every law-abiding citizen to own a gun. After all, studies have shown that the deterrent criminals fear most is that of an armed prospective victim. And as the apocryphal saying goes,...
  • Liberal violence rising

    11/19/2011 6:51:49 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 29 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 19, 2011 | Matt Barber
    While necessity is the mother of invention, sloth and envy beget mediocrity and upheaval – the twin siblings of secular-socialism. It is in this vein that a rebellious and increasingly violent spirit of incoherent anarchy continues to fester in urban centers across the nation. This is most evident in the form of the envy-driven "Occupy wherever" nonsense embraced by the "progressive" establishment. Still, this Obama-supported effort to supplant, through lawless imposition, our free-market constitutional republic with some misguided conception of an outcome-based equalitocracy is rooted in much more than just good old-fashioned class warfare. Part and parcel of secular-socialism is...
  • Mike McQueary — poster child for moral relativism?

    11/17/2011 12:00:46 PM PST · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | Nov 17 2011 | Bookworm
    I had in my car two fourteen year olds and one thirteen year old. All were familiar with the Sandusky case, so I wasn’t exposing them to sordid information they didn’t already know. None of them, however, knew about Mike McQueary’s involvement, or lack thereof. I gave them a simple multiple choice question: You walk into a room and see a 50 year old man raping a 10 year old boy. Do you (a) attack the man and try to drag him off the boy or (b) sneak away and, hours later, ask your parents what you should do? The...
  • Gay Georgia mega-church pastor reflects on year of coming out

    11/15/2011 7:01:08 AM PST · by Cronos · 27 replies
    the Georgia Voice ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | Shanon Hames
    Last year, Bishop Jim Swilley spoke from his heart to his congregation at Church in the Now in Conyers, Ga. He came out as a gay man, shocking many of his mega-church congregants and making national headlines. The Oct. 13, 2010, sermon sparked a mass exodus from the church. Attendance dropped from approximately 2,500 on any given Sunday to only about 500. The church was forced into foreclosure on its massive property and is now renting one of the buildings back from the bank for worship. The Georgia Voice spoke with Swilley last year about his coming out, and recently...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) 220th General Assembly [see chameleons, cats, canaries and a Caterpillar]

    11/10/2011 7:32:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    layman.org ^ | 11/10/2011 | Carmen Fowler
    This is no nursery rhyme but rather the cast of characters lining up to appear at the 2012 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh. ACT I: An assault on marriageThe chameleon:  This character will attempt to lead commissioners to see marriage differently than the Church has historically defined it. Separating marriage from the Biblical narrative of creation and the Biblical witness of Jesus' affirmation between one man and one woman, the assembly will be asked to see a "new normal" that is inclusive of gay marriage. Presented plainly, the redefinition of marriage will arrive at the assembly through...
  • 'Glee' scoop: Why next week's sex-themed episode, 'The First Time,' is a game-changer (teen gay sex)

    11/03/2011 5:38:49 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 64 replies
    Entertainment Weakly ^ | 11/3/11 | Tim Stack
    The couples losing their virginity? Finn and Rachel and…Kurt and Blaine! Yep, the couple — who was featured on the cover of EW’s Gay Teens on TV issue – finally decide to take the next step in their relationship. It’s all handled very delicately and is incredibly moving. I can’t think of another network series that’s taken a teenage gay relationship so far or been so progressive.
  • Letter To Sister

    10/04/2011 12:23:58 PM PDT · by JosephJames · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Blog: Spiritual Food ^ | September 28, 2011 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The following letter was sent to “my Sister”. - - - - - - - Dear “my Sister”, Thank you very much for putting on the web the pictures of the family last November. I finally got around to downloading them. It took a while because there were over 500 pictures! On our last phone call for your birthday, I told you that I do not heat my apartment next to the church in the winter so as to give my savings to Jesus who is dying of hunger in Brazil and Africa. Did you know that 100,000 die every...
  • Does the GOP also practice moral relativism?

    08/19/2011 5:11:51 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2011-08-18 | Alan Keyes
    (snip) I'm sure that some among you think that the point of my mental note is that, since all politicians make mistakes in judgment, it's unfair to single out any one of them in particular? But that's not what I was thinking. I was thinking that mistakes in judgment are inevitable when you agree to participate in a system that makes winning the only standard that matters. Mistakes in judgment are inevitable when you base the conduct of politics on an understanding of government that makes "getting things done" the only standard that matters. Mistakes in judgment are inevitable when...
  • Moral Relativism and Fall: Solzhenitsyn’s Forgotten Warning to America

    06/01/2011 4:34:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 6/1/11 | BD.L. Adams
    It is not understood definitively anywhere when the decline came. What is understood and easily seen is that we are a culture and society in deep trouble. There are proofs and evidence everywhere for those who care to look for such things. We were warned by one of the greatest men of the 20th century that our civilization would fall if we lost our core beliefs and our identity. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Soviet prisoner of conscience, author of Gulag Archipelago, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, a titan of moral clarity warned us about the coming
  • Moral relativism paves way for Satanism, says expert

    04/13/2011 2:18:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2011
    Rome, Italy, Apr 11, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA).- A society dominated by moral relativism “fosters the spread of Satanism,” an expert recently explained.Carlo Climati told CNA on April 5 that Satanism “destroys those universal values that are written in the hearts of each human being.” It creates “a society that is turned on its head, in which good becomes evil and evil becomes good.”Climati is the press director of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome.He said young people become captivated “by the illusion of a life that appears to be free of all rules” and by a deceiving...
  • Collapse of the Obama Worldview

    03/27/2011 6:48:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2011 | Austin Hill
    “…Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya, in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians…”Thus began a press conference with President Barack Obama. It was Saturday March 19th. While traveling in Brazil, he took a few minutes to announce that a military response to the Gaddafi crisis was underway. Calling the matter “a limited military action in Libya” that would “protect Libyan civilians” was an earnest attempt at a positive spin. But this fact remains: after spending the first two years of his presidency insisting that the...
  • Refuting Islam, Relativism and Squashing the Political Ambitions of the Future PM of New Zealand

    03/26/2011 2:27:07 PM PDT · by damonw · 1 replies
    Having recently started to use Facebook, I had an experience I have to share with ya'll. I actually met and got to do some verbal jousting with the future Prime Minister (PM) of New Zealand - Dean Campbell. THE PM SAID,, “muslims terrorist physically attack but the christians do it in a mental way to make... their way to power”,, and then the PM went on to say "if a man broke into my house i would discuss why he did it and how he could change even if he had a gun to my head. just so you know...
  • Feeling the Bite and Sting of Multicultural Relativism and Islam by Damon Whitsell

    03/04/2011 6:06:36 AM PST · by damonw · 1 replies
    Let me start with one big OUCH and a preface. Plus I’ll drop a few kool quotes along the way. I was raised in a family with Mormons and Oneness Pentecostals. As a result I have studied Christian Cult apologetics and world religions since 1985 and have worked full time cult apologetics ministry for 10 years. All the way back to 98 when I decided to get into that fight, I have been called ever name in the book. I could literally list thousands of words and names that have been hurled at me to try to silence me, even...
  • The challenge of public diplomacy vis-a-vis the delegitimisation of Israel

    01/05/2011 10:07:18 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    melanie phillips ^ | Melanie Phillips
    As we all know by now, Israel has lost the battle for public opinion in the west. Even the Israel government is now acknowledging this fact. Israel and its defenders have been outclassed and outmanoeuvred in a war of the mind being waged on a battleground it never even acknowledged it was on. Calls for more and better hasbara, however, are meaningless if the message or narrative promoted by Israel and its defenders misses the point of the attack being waged upon it. And it does miss that point, by a mile. You cannot resist or overcome a threat unless...
  • Christmas Letter 2010

    12/25/2010 11:35:13 AM PST · by JosephJames
    Blog: Spiritual Food ^ | December 2010 | Fr. Joseph Dwight
    Dear friends, How are you? I hope my Christmas greeting finds you well! For many people Christmas is a joyful season because THEY HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE enough to have received from their parents or from other faith communities a knowledge and a first hand experience of what Christmas means in the lives of people around them. Many others, who HAVE NOT BEEN SO FORTUNATE to have experienced a true communion of love with God personally and with others, have taken refuge in the less demanding belief of deism. They believe that God is a supreme being; at the beginning of...
  • Islam as Victor of Western Value Relativism

    11/21/2010 11:30:01 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    Politically Incorrect ^ | Michael Mannheimer
    The clash of civilizations, the collision between cultures, forecast by Samuel P. Huntington, has long since become an obvious fact in modern-day Europe, finding its clearest expression in the confrontation of Islam with the remnants of European Christianity. This collision not only is echoed in form of terrorist attacks but also in form of a bitter fight of ideals between two systems of values that could hardly be more opposed to each other, namely the archaic-totalitarian value system of Islam and the one represented by post modern European Enlightenment.
  • Relativism Promoted by German Diocoese in Children's Literature

    11/04/2010 12:03:10 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/02/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: Reminds us of the old saying, "we'll get to you through your children", or the Jesuit adage, "give us a boy till seven, and I'll show you the man" The following was translated from the website, "The Catholic Church in Germany" put out by the German Bishops, thank you very little. It's a children's book which features a visit by two friends of different confessional backgrounds to each others churches. Lena is Protestant. She and Laura are good friends. Last Sunday Lena asked: "Would you like to go with me to Protestant Service?" And Laura said yes. There was...
  • Archbishop Chaput calls for resistance to intolerance of Christianity

    08/25/2010 8:54:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | August 25, 2010
    Archbishop Charles Chaput Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia, Aug 25, 2010 / 05:48 am (CNA).- Addressing the first session of the 15th symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia on Tuesday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver called for Catholics in America and Europe to oppose the rise of a “state-encouraged atheism” which reduces religion to “an individual lifestyle accessory” incapable of influencing the world. The archbishop exhorted Christians to respond to these trends by rediscovering their historic faith as the only sound basis for a just society.Recalling the historical experience of the Slovakian Church under Communism, Archbishop Chaput told the assembly...
  • The Truth about Obama's Muslim 'Faith'

    08/23/2010 3:27:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Now that Barack Obama has decided to be for the Ground Zero mosque before being implicitly against it (perhaps), discussion about his faith has once again reached a fever pitch. To many, his stance proves he's a Muslim, with a recent poll showing that almost 20 percent of Americans hold that opinion; to others, it just reflects a desire to be faithful to the Constitution (now, that would be change). The truth, however, is a bit more nuanced. Obama is not religiously Muslim. Culturally, though...well, that's a different matter altogether. In reality, calling Obama a "Muslim" gives him too much...
  • Religious Relativism at Work

    05/29/2010 5:15:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 120+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/28/2010 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I always find it intriguing to monitor the news for indicators of religious relativism. There has been no shortage in the supply over the past few days, affecting Catholicism, Anglicanism and even Islam. Each case is instructive.The uproar in Quebec over Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s recent statement that abortion is a moral crime that cannot be justified even in cases of rape has been about as revealing as anything can be. The National Assembly of Quebec voted unanimously to express support for free access to abortion. Quebec, of course, was at one time a thoroughly Catholic province in terms of belief,...
  • What Do Italian Priests' Mistresses Want You To Know?

    05/29/2010 4:19:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies · 1,227+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/29/2010 | Jimmy Akin
    A group of 40 or so mistresses of Italian priests, including Stefania Solomone (pictured), want you—and especially Pope Benedict—to know that they don’t like priestly celibacy. That’s why they’ve written the Pope a letter (Italian original) on the subject. The occasion was Pope Benedict’s statement that “The horizon of the ontological belonging to God also constitutes the proper framework for understanding and reaffirming, in our day too, the value of sacred celibacy which in the Latin Church is a charism required for Sacred Orders and is held in very great consideration in the Eastern Churches . . . “It...
  • God is not sophisticated enough

    05/29/2010 2:43:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 365+ views
    First Things ^ | May 29, 2010 | Elizabeth Scalia
    There is a quote from Archbishop Oscar Romero that both traditional and progressive Catholics love to latch onto, because each feels Romero was speaking for them: A church that doesn’t provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a Word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, what kind of gospel is that? Preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed do not light up the world! In truth, Romero was speaking for Christ. His words are a challenge to all of us, from the happy-clappy-God-is-Love-so-let’s-not-judge mushes to the stern God-is-Justice-and-you’re-going-to-hell prunes. It is...
  • *VIDEO* Free Will Arminianism: The Root of (Christian) Liberalism?

    02/28/2010 6:01:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 445+ views
    You Tube ^ | The Apologetics Group
    A 10-minute historical look at one of the most enduring theological debates within the Christian religion. The scholars in the video make a case for how and why Arminianism (Free Will theology) is the root of the vast liberalism we see in the professing church today (and arguably the liberalism we see in the greater Western culture and modern world.)
  • Existential Neo-Orthodoxy Denies Sola Scriptura

    02/25/2010 1:19:16 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 350+ views
    Apprising Ministries ^ | John Macarthur
    Neo-orthodoxy is the term used to identify an existentialist variety of Christianity. Because it denies the essential objective basis of truth—the absolute truth and authority of Scripture—neo-orthodoxy must be understood as pseudo-Christianity. Its heyday came in the middle of the twentieth century with the writings of Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Paul Tillich, and Reinhold Niebaur. Those men echoed the language and the thinking of [Soren] Kierkegaard, speaking of the primacy of “personal authenticity,” while downplaying or denying the significance of objective truth. Barth, the father of neo-orthodoxy, explicitly acknowledged his debt to Kierkegaard. Neo-orthodoxy’s attitude toward Scripture is a microcosm...
  • POPE: 12TH-CENTURY LESSON ON NATURAL LAW NEEDED (Warns of "Dictatorship of Relativism")

    12/17/2009 3:54:24 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 414+ views
    zna ^ | December 17, 2009
    VATICAN CITY, DEC. 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A 12th-century scholar has a lesson for today on what makes for fair and equal treatment in law, Benedict XVI says.The Pope proposed today during the general audience the teaching of John of Salisbury, an English theologian and philosopher who served as bishop of Chartres, France, from 1176 until he died in 1180.The Holy Father explained how John taught that "there also exists an objective and immutable truth, whose origin is God, accessible to human reason. This truth regards practical and social actions. This is a natural law, from which human laws and political...
  • Cowardly Relativism, Kingly Truth

    11/21/2009 5:35:23 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 440+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 21, 2009 | Fr. Paul Scalia
    Pontius Pilate would feel very much at home in our culture. His cynical question — “What is truth?” (Jn 18:38) — captures the prevailing mindset of our day. It provides a three-word summary of relativism — the view that objective truth does not exist, that there is not objective “right” or “wrong” about human behavior. Relativism refuses to limit or define human behavior. All is relative and depends on the situation, the culture, the person, etc.Although often depicted as a courageous rebellion against forces of intolerance and persecution, relativism is really cowardice. Because truth requires something of us. Pontius Pilate...
  • Child Rape in a Materialist World (How a Moral Relativist defends Roman Polanski)

    10/08/2009 8:25:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | 10/8/2009 | Barry Arrington
    Here are the facts concerning the Roman Polanski case: Polanski gave a Quaalude to a 13 year-old child, instructed her to get into a Jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she asked, performed oral sex on her as she asked him to stop, raped her (no, not the “statutory” kind, the “forcible” kind), and sodomized her. In a plea bargain Polanski pled to unlawful sex with a minor. As is common knowledge, Polanski has his defenders because he has made some terrific movies. For example, critic Tom Shales says: “There is, apparently, more to this crime than it...
  • Vatican official warns priests against relativism in ministry

    09/16/2009 4:08:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 365+ views
    cna ^ | September 16, 2009
    Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Secretary of the Congregation for Clergy Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2009 / 12:27 pm (CNA).- The secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, said this week the proclamation of the word of God is an undeniable task that priests must carry out with dignity and wisdom, to show Christ to others. It is a mission that leaves no room for subjective views of the Lord or relativism, he said.In an article published by L'Osservatore Romano, the archbishop said, "No priest proclaims himself or his own ideas, nor his personal or subjective interpretations of...
  • The Shifting Middle

    06/27/2009 1:02:19 AM PDT · by bdeaner · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 6/27/09 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    In the Aristotelian tradition, virtue stands in the middle, between two extremes, a too much and a too little. Aristotle thought that a non-arbitrary middle could be found. Prudence arrived at it, but did not constitute it. Aristotle's good man lived virtuously, not just any way. Our actions were judged midst the actual circumstances in which we lived our lives. But suppose I have an argument about what is half of thirty. One man says it is twenty, the other twenty-five. Thus, their mean is twenty-two and a half. But all three views are wrong, though twenty is closer...
  • No truth. No freedom

    06/03/2009 10:47:03 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 295+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 6/4/09 | Cardinal George Pell
    We usually take truth for granted in everyday life. We are hurt by lies (when we discover them). It helps when the doctor correctly diagnoses our illness. Truth matters. Freedom is something else again. On the one hand truth seems to limit our options, while on the other hand no adult wants to be relying on illusions. Who is free? A good man in jail or a rich playboy hooked on alcohol and drugs? Perhaps each is imprisoned in a different way. Should we be free to break our solemn commitments? Are we free to break the ten commandments? No...
  • Church and Benedict XVI confronting heart of secular world (forces becoming more emboldened in US)

    06/02/2009 1:48:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 428+ views
    cna ^ | June 2, 2009
    Archbishop Francisco Gil Helin Madrid, Spain, Jun 1, 2009 / 08:39 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos, Spain said last week that it has become increasingly evident that both the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI are confronting the “center of the secular world, made up of significant elements of the European Union, the United Nations, and more recently, the United States.” “This center has shown itself incapable of accepting anything that is not part of its own values. And thus, despite scientific proof, the Pope has been irrationally criticized in the name of reason, and the...
  • Higher Education and the Truth

    05/21/2009 8:30:32 AM PDT · by annalex · 2 replies · 333+ views
    The Archdiocese of San Antonio ^ | May 9, 2009 | The Most Rev. José H. Gomez, S.T.D. Archbishop of San Antonio
    Higher Education and the Truth Address to Graduating Class of the University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas May 9, 2009 The Most Rev. José H. Gomez, S.T.D. Archbishop of San Antonio Congratulations, my friends! This is a very proud day for you. And I am honored that you have asked me to share it with you and your families. First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Agnese and the Board of Trustees of the University of the Incarnate Word for granting me the Honoris Causa degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. It is an unexpected honor...
  • Obama's post-American era

    04/27/2009 7:48:16 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 11 replies · 661+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | Mark Steyn
    At the time of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit to Washington, London took umbrage at an Obama official's off-the-record sneer to a Fleet Street reporter that "there's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review made the sharp observation that, never mind the British, this was how the administration felt about its own country, too: America is just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. In Europe, the president was asked if he believed in American exceptionalism,...
  • Relativism: an idea that failed before it started

    03/09/2009 5:23:39 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 231+ views
    The Books of Absolutes: A Critique of Relativism and a Defence of Universals William D. Gairdner McGill-Queen’s University Press Recommendation: Read Let’s play spot the flaw. In 1994, professor Mark Glazer said, “Cultural relativism in anthropology is a key methodological concept which is universally accepted within the discipline.” (It’s the very first sentence after the link.) Don’t have it yet? Then let’s remind ourselves of what cultural relativism means: “Cultural relativism is the view that all beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the situation, environment, and individual.” You surely have it by now, so...
  • Another Benedict is Here

    02/15/2009 12:25:09 PM PST · by tcg · 8 replies · 577+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/16/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    In his homily prior to the convening of the papal conclave where he was be chosen to fill the Chair of Peter, then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger gave us a prophetic insight into the challenges of the age: “How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking... The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism;...
  • When All Truth is Relative: Conservatives play a dangerous game in attacking the media for bias

    09/29/2008 7:52:53 AM PDT · by LucyJo · 29 replies · 735+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 29, 2008 | Gregory Rodriguez
    Birds fly, tortoises crawl and politicians lie, particularly when they feel cornered. That's the natural order of things. Big deal. I don't waste too much indignation on it. But what irks me, and should concern us all, is not the everyday disregard for this or that particular truth but the very assault on the idea that there is such a thing as truth at all. ~ snip ~ As believers in the old-fashioned idea of truth, conservatives generally have found postmodernism distasteful and have vociferously protested its emergence.
  • The Dictators of Relativism [Open]

    09/05/2008 7:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 135+ views
    NCR ^ | September 7-13, 2008 | Mark Shea
    Show me a person who cannot distinguish cleverness from wisdom or a good brain from a good heart, and I will show you somebody who is a fool.These words to live by returned to mind a few weeks back when I read a complaint piece on Apocalypto by a scholar specializing in Mayan civilization. She protested: “They’re shown as these extremely barbaric people, when in fact, the Maya were a very sophisticated culture.”A quote like this can only mean that somewhere in higher education impressionable minds are being formed by somebody who knows all about the Mayans — and nothing...