» 12/07/2012, 00.00
"Forgetfulness of God" leads to relativism which engenders violence, says pope
Speaking to the International Theological Commission, Benedict XVI denies the claim that religions are bearers of violence because they assert the existence of a universal truth. "Without openness to the transcendent, which allows us to find answers to questions on the meaning of life and how to live a moral life, mankind becomes unable to act in accordance with justice and work for peace."
City (AsiaNews) - "It is the forgetfulness of God that immerses human societies
in a form of relativism, which inevitably generates violence" because "When you
deny the opportunity for people to refer to an objective truth, dialogue is
rendered impossible and violence, whether declared or hidden, becomes the rule
of law of human relationships." In saying so, Benedict XVI rejected "the notion that religions, especially the
monotheistic religions, would inherently be bearers of violence, mainly because
of the claim that they advance the existence of a universal truth. Some believe
that only the 'polytheism of values' can guarantee tolerance and civil peace
and conform to the spirit of a pluralistic democratic society."
Speaking before the plenary session of the International Theological Commission, centred
on the Year of Faith, Benedict XVI stressed in particular the "the specific and irreplaceable role of
Magisterium" so as to reflect on the faith and life of the Church, noting that the Council
had already insisted on the fact "that the whole People of God participates in Christ's prophetic office".
The sensus fidei is a "gift" that "constitutes
in the believer a kind of supernatural instinct that has a connatural life with
the same object of faith. It is a criterion for discerning whether or not a
truth belongs to the deposit of the living apostolic tradition. It also has a
propositional value because the Holy Spirit does not cease to speak to the
Churches and lead them to the whole truth. Today, however, it is particularly
important to clarify the criteria used to distinguish the authentic sensus fidelium from its counterfeits.
In fact, it is not some kind of public opinion of the Church, and it is
unthinkable to mention it in order to challenge the teachings of the
Magisterium, this because the sensus fidei cannot grow authentically in the
believer except to the extent in which he or she fully participates in the life
of the Church, and this requires a responsible adherence to her Magisterium."
this same supernatural sense of the faith of believers leads to strong
reactions against the notion that religions, especially the monotheistic
religions, would inherently be bearers of violence, mainly because of the claim
that they advance the existence of a universal truth. Some believe that only
the 'polytheism of values' can guarantee tolerance and civil peace and conform
to the spirit of a pluralistic democratic society."
attests to a radical rejection of all forms of hatred and violence in favour of
the absolute primacy of agape. If, therefore, in history there have been or are
forms of violence carried out in the name of God, these are not to be
attributed to monotheism, but historical causes, mainly the result of human
errors. Rather it is the forgetfulness of God that immerses human societies in
a form of relativism, which inevitably generates violence. When you deny the
opportunity for people to refer to an objective truth, dialogue is rendered
impossible and violence, whether declared or hidden, becomes the rule of law of
human relationships. Without openness to the transcendent, which allows us to
find answers to questions on the meaning of life and how to live a moral life,
mankind becomes unable to act in accordance with justice and work for peace."
failure of the relationship between mankind and God brings with it a deep
imbalance in the relationship between men themselves, reconciliation with God,
brought about by the Cross of Christ "our peace" (Eph, 2:14) is the fundamental source
unity and fraternity.
God’s law, not majority rule, guarantees democracy and rights, says Pope
Nowadays some claim that ethical relativism is the true guarantee of freedom and that the Law is based on the will of the majority. History shows however that majorities have made mistakes. Hence, we must raise awareness and mobilise people of good will against this point of view irrespective of religious convictions.
No limbo for unbaptised children
For the International Theological Commission, the concept of Limbo can be dropped. Then-Cardinal Ratzinger said the same more than 20 years ago.
Theologians’ first virtue is obedience to the faith, says Pope
In receiving the members of the International Theological Commission, Benedict XVI said that there is an “urgent need” to create the conditions to raise awareness of the value of natural moral law,” which is everyone’s “true guarantee” against ideological manipulations and the law of the strongest.
For Pope, faith in God "is not and can never be a source of violence or intolerance"
In his audience with the International Theological Commission, Francis spoke of the mission of the theologian as something that is "at once fascinating and risky" and of the "sensus fidelium", which he describes as a sort of "spiritual instinct" that enables the faithful "to discern that which is in conformity with the apostolic faith and the spirit of the Gospel."
For pope, women theologians can reveal certain unexplored aspects of Christ's unfathomable mystery
"The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess." The theologian must humbly listen to "the various manifestations of the living faith of the people of God."
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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