Relativism - The New Face of Intolerance

Exerpted from an interview with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine when he met with journalists and students during the congress, "Christ: Way, Truth and Life" over which he presided. The Congress was held at the Catholic University of St. Anthony of the Faith, in Murcia, Spain, December 1, 2002

"... this exclusion of truth is a type of very grave intolerance and reduces essential things of human life to subjectivism. ... we lose the ethical foundations of our common life."

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: I would say that today relativism predominates. It seems that whoever is not a relativist is someone who is intolerant. To think that one can understand the essential truth is already seen as something intolerant.

However, in reality this exclusion of truth is a type of very grave intolerance and reduces essential things of human life to subjectivism. In this way, in essential things we no longer have a common view. Each one can and should decide as he can. So we lose the ethical foundations of our common life.

Christ is totally different from all the founders of other religions, and he cannot be reduced to a Buddha, a Socrates or a Confucius. He is really the bridge between heaven and earth, the light of truth who has appeared to us.

The gift of knowing Jesus does not mean that there are no important fragments of truth in other religions. In the light of Christ, we can establish a fruitful dialogue with a point of reference in which we can see how all these fragments of truth contribute to greater depth in our faith and to an authentic spiritual community of humanity.

From Zenit



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