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11 Jun

Truth vs. Relativism

Jesus said, “…and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free …” (John 8:32)
Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth)  was written by Pope John Paul II in 1993 and revolves around man’s ability to discern good, the existence of evil, the role of human freedom, human conscience and natural law.  Pope John Paul II emphatically says that moral truth is knowable and there is no contradiction between freedom and following the truth.  The Hebrew word for “truth”, emeth, means “firmness, constancy, duration” and implies everlasting substance and something that can be relied on. Truth is that which corresponds to reality.
It’s important to understand and embrace the concept of absolute truth in all areas of life, including faith and religion, because life has consequences for being wrong.
The freedom we enjoy as rational creatures does not extend to determining what is true and what is false in matters of morality any more than in other matters.  We cannot choose that a circle has 4 sides and we cannot choose that adultery is good. “The fact is, the truth matters – especially when you’re on the receiving end of a lie,” said Christian author, Ravi Zacharias.
Much of our modern culture is based on a belief in relativism which says there is no absolute truth and that truth is merely what a particular individual or culture happens to believe. Veritatis Splendor insists that moral law is universal across people in varying cultures and is in fact rooted in the human condition and natural law.
Fr. Eric Fasano, Co-Chancellor of DRVC, will speak to us about Veritatis Splendor at the annual Rally for Religious Freedom on June 30.
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Saturday, June 30, 10-12:00, Rally for Religious FreedomSt. John the Baptist HS, Montauk Hwy, West Islip; Public Witness Rosary 10:00am, Rally @ 10;30am       Keynote Speakers: Fr. Eric Fasano, Co-Chancellor DRVS, Sister Constance Viet, Little Sisters of the Poor; Video messages from Bishop Barres and Cardinal Dolan

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Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”

America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.

For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…

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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion

WorldMeetingofFamiliesBarbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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Pope blesses boy as he leaves audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanPope Francis has observed that “religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Evangelii Gaudium. . . , no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.” Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion
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America’s First Amendment guarantees its citizens five freedoms, the first of which is Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to worship according to one’s beliefs as well as the freedom to practice that faith in everyday life according to one’s conscience.

So that this First Amendment freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. A fitting place for the development of this understanding and protection of Religious Freedom is inside all faith communities.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:

  • To educate and inspire for Freedom of Religion
  • To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party
  • To invite and include other faith communities
  • To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.
  • To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.” James Madison

“While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how firmly we defend them.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Phone 631-896-8331