Saturday, March 21, 2009

Moral Relativism

Shortly before he was elected Pope in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger deliverered a withering criticism of moral relativism. The position of the Catholic Church is one of "absolutism" in which there is only one moral truth (the teachings of the Church).

"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires"
Pope Benedict XVI
However, it could be argued that, strictly speaking, the current teachings of the Church take a position of relativism, since they are often at odds with the values of western liberals. You might also take the view that the Pope has misunderstood the meaning of moral relativism as a belief system in which simply "anything goes"

There is an article from the BBC about this here

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