Benedict XVI condemns the exclusion of God from the public sector

Source: FSSPX News

“Today, the impediments to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom are experienced most dramatically in the split between the Gospel and culture, with the exclusion of God from the public sphere,” declared Benedict XVI.

“In the name of ‘tolerance’ your country has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of spouse, and in the name of ‘freedom of choice’ it is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children.” But “when the Creator’s divine plan is ignored the truth of human nature is lost,” he said.

 The pope said that the “false dichotomies” practiced by Catholics were reprehensible, in particular when “Christian civil leaders sacrificed the unity of faith” and consented to “the disintegration of reason and principles of natural ethics” yielding to “ephemeral social trends” and opinion polls.

 “Democracy succeeds only to the extent that it is based on truth and a correct understanding of the human person,” continued the Holy Father. “Catholic involvement in political life cannot compromise on this principle; otherwise Christian witness to the splendor of truth in the public sphere would be silenced,” he said.

 Benedict XVI strongly encouraged the bishops to show politicians and civil leaders, that the Christian faith, “far from being an impediment to dialogue, is a bridge, precisely because it brings together reason and culture.”

 The pope also urged the bishops to direct their efforts towards education. “A particularly insidious obstacle to education today, which your own reports attest, is the marked presence in society of that relativism which, recognizing nothing as definitive, leaves as the ultimate criterion only the self with its desires.” Hence, he explained, “the particular urgency of the apostolate of ‘intellectual charity’ which upholds the essential unity of knowledge, guides the young towards the sublime satisfaction of exercising their freedom in relation to truth, and articulates the relationship between faith and all aspects of family and civic life.”