“In the wake of increasing secularism and fragmentation of knowledge, ‘new forms of poverty’ have arisen, particularly in cultures which enjoy material well-being, that reflect a ‘despair at the lack of meaning in life’. Distrust of the human being’s great capacity for knowledge, the acceptance of ‘partial and provisional truths’, and the senseless pursuit of novelty, all point to the ever more difficult task of conveying to people — especially the young — an understanding of the very foundation and purpose of human life.”

“Over the last forty or so years, while political attention to human subjectivity has focused on individual rights, in the public domain there has been a growing reluctance to acknowledge that all men and women receive their essential and common dignity from God and with it the capacity to move towards truth and goodness. Detached from this vision of the fundamental unity and purpose of the whole human family, rights are at times reduced to self-centered demands: the growth of prostitution and pornography in the name of adult choice, the acceptance of abortion in the name of women’s rights, the approval of same sex unions in the name of homosexual rights. In the face of such erroneous yet pervasive thinking you must do everything possible to encourage the laity in their special responsibility for evangelizing culture and promoting Christian values in society and public life.” Pope John Paul II, June 4, 2004 — On the occassion  of an “ad limina” visit with American Bishops to Rome

Advertisements