A Messenger from God

Let me share with you a wonderful blog that was published in the Huffington Post a few days ago. Stephen White, the author, writes about the┬áPope’s role in the Catholic Church. I found his piece interesting and thought you would too!

Here is an excerpt:

Religion, we are told, is an escape — an attempt to explain away the pain and suffering and impossible contradictions of human life. Religion, we are reminded, is full of stuff we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better. Or worse. Religion is something we tell others in order to control them. It’s not belief in God, per se, that disturbs our sophisticated, post-modern sensibilities. It’s religion; especially of the organized sort. So we’re all spiritual, but fewer and fewer of us are religious.

Our culture’s complicated relationship with organized religion is closely tied to our culture’s complicated relationship with truth. We love our truth, all right, but we treat truth a lot like religion — it’s fine, so long as everyone else keeps their truth to themselves. Tolerance — which our culture values over all other virtues — consists in not imposing your truth on someone else.

The problem with this well-meaning attempt at tolerance is that it is unsustainable. It’s self-cannibalizing. If there is only your truth and my truth, but no Truth, then there is no common ground upon which to meet one another. Either I’m right, or you are, and since there’s no middle ground, the matter is only ever settled when one side wins and the other side loses. A world without truth isn’t a world liberated from conflict; it’s a world without the possibility of reconciliation.

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3 Responses to “A Messenger from God”

  1. Roberta Lavin says:

    Maybe what is missing is the recognition that we all have a responsibility to move toward the truth. More modern theories of truth suggest that truth might be realized in different ways in different settings. The perceptions of some about religion may flow from the current disconnect of religion and reason. One hears that by being religious one is not longer a person of reason. Yet, “religiousness represents the loftiest expression of the human person, because it is the culmination of his rational nature. It springs from man’s profound aspiration for truth and is at the basis of the free and personal search he makes for the divine.” In our search for truth we find the rational nature and consequently should find cooperation and solidarity.

    The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church suggest that the more we strive to resolve social problems according to what is truth the more we will act in a moral fashion. By building relationships based on “cooperation and solidarity we can overcome ideological divisions, prompting people to seek out what unites them rather than what divides them.” We could really use more unity and less division.

    Hopefully people will hear your message.

  2. Tony says:

    Your Eminence. You will soon be in the conclave to pray for divine guidance to discover the next supreme pastor, whom god has already chosen. I pray that you and all your colleagues in the college of cardinals may discover the one chosen by God.
    Tony (India)

  3. James Kiley says:

    I enjoyed reading this blog Cardinal