Wednesday, April 20, 2005
An Inconsistent Pope
As dean of the College of Cardinals, Ratzinger had delivered a particularly sensitive homily at John Paul's funeral. He followed it up with a fiery speech to the cardinals before they entered their conclave Monday, warning about tendencies that he considered dangers to the faith: sects, ideologies like Marxism, liberalism, atheism, agnosticism and relativism — the ideology that there are no absolute truths.
"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as a fundamentalism," he said. "Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards." END QUOTE.
Here the new pope complains about moral relativism. My problem is that he wants us to believe that he was morally upright and perfectly Christian when he served Hitler and when he condemned the student riots of the 1960s. He is asking for moral relativism with respect to his past and yet now believes in moral absolutes.
He claims to embrace life as the condemnation of birth control and abortion, yet, he has mildly opposed, but not condemned poverty in the world, the death penalty, and the American wars of aggression. He has chosen control of the individual by the state or institution over the reform of the institution in service of the individual. His opposition to liberation theology is abhorrent.
The control of women and the impoverished is the repression of the individual by the institution.