Cardinal Dolan contrasts true freedom, ‘culture of death’ in new eBook
This inhumane culture springs from “deeply rooted social, philosophical, and ethical tendencies that, unfortunately, often find their expression in our laws and in our attitudes toward others,” the cardinal writes in “True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty,” released June 19.
“To this culture of death,” he writes, “the Church boldly and joyfully promotes the culture of life.”
In a work of just over 5,000 words, Cardinal Dolan develops Blessed John Paul II’s understanding of the natural law, whose God-given principles are known through reason and confirmed by faith. They are the source of the Church’s teaching on subjects such as human life and religious freedom.
Cardinal Dolan’s eBook aims to propose these principles anew, to a culture suffering what the late Pope called an “eclipse of the sense of God and of man.”
“In only the past few years,” the New York archbishop states, the U.S. has experienced “rampant disregard” for religious faith and human dignity – as shown in the approval of embryonic research, the torture of prisoners, disregard for the definition of marriage, and the federal contraception mandate.
“We can see that there is a loss here of a sense of truth and objective moral norms – rules of conduct that apply always, to everyone, everywhere,” the cardinal observes.
In place of the natural law, society has begun to substitute “pragmatism, utilitarianism, and consumerism,” all of which have no higher goal than the satisfaction of individuals’ personal preferences.
These ideologies, Cardinal Dolan explains, have tragic consequences, especially when applied to issues of human life and moral conscience. [More]