A Democracy Based On Moral Relavitism Will Lead To Totalitarianism!

Without Objective Truth, Based On Natural Law, Society Will Reach A Dead End!

Miami, Fla., Apr 26, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA) Discussing the push for same-sex “marriage,” Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami told judges and lawyers at the city’s 2013 Red Mass that freedom and law must be based on reality and objective truth.

“When a democracy bases itself on moral relativism and when it considers every ethical principle or value to be negotiable … it is already, and in spite of its formal rules, on its way to totalitarianism,” Archbishop Wenski preached during his homily on April 24.BISHOP WENSKI ADDRESSES MEDIA AT BALTIMORE MEETING

“The might of right quickly becomes might makes right.”

The Red Mass is traditionally an annual Mass of the Holy Spirit for the sake of legal professionals. The Mass preceded a reception of the Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild, in which Judge Beatrice Butchko received the “Lex Christi, Lex Amoris,” or “Law of Christ, Law of Love” award.

Archbishop Wenski opened his homily by quoting Abraham Lincoln, who noted that even “if you call a tail a leg,” a cow still has only four legs, “because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

The archbishop noted that same-sex “marriage” has been pushed as “a cause for equality,” and that withholding benefits from homosexual couples given to married heterosexual couples is “alleged to be discriminatory.”

“Of course, as fair-minded citizens we do hold that no one should be denied a job or a house; no one should be subjected to harassment or bullying because of one’s apparent sexual orientation. We should oppose any and all unjust discrimination,” he clarified.

However, to “recognize and favor” the marriage of straight couples “as a natural fact rooted in procreation and sexual difference is in no way unjust to homosexual couples any more than it is unjust to heterosexual couples who cohabitate without the legal benefits and protections of a civil marriage.”

The state justly favors stable heterosexual relationships because they serve the common good, he said, just as only businesses which create more jobs in an area receive tax breaks, and military veterans receive benefits that others do not.

Government recognition of marriages exists to “encourage and support … the optimal conditions for the raising of future generations of its citizens,” he explained.

Archbishop Wenski said the legalization of “gay marriage” will “fundamentally change this,” opening a Pandora’s Box of “unforeseen, and to be sure, unintended consequences.” He noted that the adoption of no-fault divorce 40 years ago has similarly had unintended but devastating consequences on society.

“Rather than see the institution of marriage as expressive of the complementarity of sexual difference between a man and a woman, ordered for the raising of children, the proponents of so-called same-sex ‘marriage’ would now redefine marriage for all as existing solely for the gratification of two (and why just two?) consenting adults,” he pointed out.

The archbishop continued, showing that American jurisprudence has gone from an acknowledgement of self-evident truths and unalienable rights based on the Creator to a belief in a supposed “right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”

That line was part of the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, co-authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, on the “right to abortion.”

Archbishop Wenski called this an “endorsement of moral relativism,” which determines truth “by one’s own will” rather than “the nature of things.” Same sex marriage, he said, is the “most current poster child” for this viewpoint.

On the other hand, the view held by Christianity, and the Founding Fathers, is one that believes “men and women are not self-creators but creatures. Truth is not constructed, but received, and it must reflect the reality of things.”

Without objective truth based on natural law, society will reach a “dead end,” the archbishop said.

“And our pluralistic society has reached this dead end when it seems to be based precisely on a common agreement to set aside truth claims about the good and to adopt instead relativism governed by majority rule as the foundation of democracy.”

Such a society loses the true understanding of justice, and is ruled only by the untempered will of the majority, he explained.

But this was not the vision of America’s founders, Archbishop Wenski noted. Rather, their “vision of freedom was one of ordered liberties, a vision remarkably congruent with Catholic social thought.”

He suggested that Jefferson, Adams, Monroe and Lincoln all shared a common vision of law, justice and freedom with Saints Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More, the patrons of lawyers and politicians, respectively.

“They found meaning in the reality of things, the reality of the created order – an order accessible to human reason,” the archbishop said.

“They would certainly concede that both the State and the Church, each within its respective sphere, might regulate marriage; but they would never pretend to usurp the authority to create the meaning of marriage.”

Archbishop Wenski concluded by telling the assembled judges and lawyers that they “do well to recall St. Thomas More’s example and to seek his prayers.”

“May you be, in his words, ‘for the greater glory and honor of God and in pursuit of His justice…able in argument, accurate in analysis, strict in study, correct in conclusion, candid with clients, honest with adversaries, and faithful in all details of the faith.’”

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5 comments to A Democracy Based On Moral Relavitism Will Lead To Totalitarianism!

  • TG

    Diana, agree with you again. The book Goodbye Good Men has a lot about what went wrong in seminaries. One of our most faithful priests, Father Trujillo is quoted in there. I’ve been hearing about Freemasonary infiltrating the church and worse satanism for quite a while. It’s so terrible to believe that most will not believe it and challenge you on it. Agree with the bishop also.

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  • I’ve been on the sidelines for some time now, but I feel I must challenge some things. I believe that one could make a case that some of our seminaries have been INFLUENCED by persons who believe that Church should play a role in improving the human condition on earth. There are encyclicals starting with Leo XIII that stress social justice. To say that the church has been infiltrated is a bit over the top and I don’t know where the comment on Freemasonry came from.

  • Diane

    First let me say Amen to Archbishop Wenski.Then I would like to correct what is being said by our bishops and clergy. The United States of America is NOT a Democracy. The United States is a republic. A democracy is a form of government in which the people decide policy matters directly–through town hall meetings or by voting on ballot initiatives and referendums. A republic, on the other hand, is a system in which the people choose representatives who, in turn, make policy decisions on their behalf. The Framers/Founding Fathers of the Constitution were altogether fearful of pure democracy. Everything they read and studied taught them that pure democracies “have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths” (Federalists no.10)

    Many Traditional Catholics are correct in stating that our Church has been infiltrated by Marxist, Communist, Freemason lovers who have distorted our Seminaries for too many years and that needs to change. I have to say in my area that seems to be changing in recent years. They also need to teach that evolution has no place in the Church, as earlier Popes have stated in their Encyclicals such as, Pope Pius X, XII and Pope Leo XII. If they would actually listen to some of us who dearly love our Church and fight daily for the love of Holy Mother Church, they might have seen this a long time ago. If we would have had more courageous priests and bishops who would have taken a stand in the United States, I really feel that things would not be happening the way they are now in our country and in our Church.

    Solid Catechism has not been taught since Vatican II. As Traditionalists say, they threw the baby out with the bath water. The Baltimore Catechism I have been told, is out of date and not used any more, but how can that be? How can they make the Baltimore Catechism not relevant in this generation when it is based on the Bible and was Dogma before Vatican II? Does anyone see what has happened to our Church, do you see that there has been a deterioration of our church walls and roof, but the foundation is still intact and we need to re-enforce the walls and roof with sturdier materials, bring back the “Truth” teach the fear of the Lord again. Teach that there is a hell and if you live the way that is pleasing to the flesh, you will perish by it. Believe me we CAN and NEED the truth because many are searching for the truth.

    The people sitting in the pews at Christmas and Easter say that the rules of the Church are too stringent and need to be updated into the 21st Century because it is too difficult, to live as a Catholic that is why they reject it the other Sundays of the year. Is it because we do not go with the flow of the majority we go with the authority that being the laws of God and what is written and interpreted by the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church?

    What I am asking of all the bishops and priests and Catholics who may read what I have written is to please put what I have said here into action. We, the people need to hear the truth all the truth and nothing but the truth, because we should as Gods Army want everyone to have every bit of truth that the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church has to offer every single soul, to attain Heaven, because without the “Way the Truth and the Life” Heaven is unattainable for us.

    For they loved the glory of men, more than the glory of God.

    ~Luke 12:43

    Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.”

    ~ Pope Leo XIII (Sapientae Christianae, No. 14, encyclical, 1890)

    “The best parent and guardian of liberty amongst men is “Truth”

    ~Pope Leo XIII, Vicar of Christ(Immortale Dei 40, November 1, 1885)

    “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”


  • Cora

    Praise God, we must all pray that America comes around to Archbishop Wenski’s views.

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