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Report: Church to fight to defend role in public life

February 1, 2007

From The Telegraph:

The Roman Catholic Church is preparing a major campaign to defend its role in public life after Tony Blair bowed to Cabinet pressure and refused to exempt Catholic adoption agencies from new gay rights laws.

Church insiders indicated yesterday that the bishops are to urge supporters to lobby MPs to stage the largest possible revolt when the proposed laws are debated in Parliament next month.

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Vatican officials are said to be deeply concerned. One Rome insider said that the Vatican regarded the refusal to grant an exemption as a “real manifestation of the dictatorship of relativism” that had been predicted by the Pope.

Full report here.

See also:
Jamaica Observer: Church versus state

BBC News: What is relativism?
Vatican: Homily of his Eminence Card. Joseph Ratzinger, 18 April 2005

How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves – flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.

Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be “tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine”, seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.

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