From my blog:
Yes, I am at it again. This time on Relativism. Consider these words of then Cardinal Ratzinger at the Mass just before the conclave that would elect him Pope Benedict XVI:
[quote]How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves, thrown from one extreme to the other: 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 are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and “swept along by every wind of teaching”, looks like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.
However, we have a different goal: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. Being an “Adult” means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today’s fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this friendship which opens us up to all that is good and gives us the knowledge to judge true from false, and deceit from truth. In that homily, Pope Benedict equates Relativism to a Dictatorship. I would like to go one step further and say it makes us slaves. That is, it makes us slaves to perceptions and desires, not reality. What we perceive and desire is true not what is the real truth. Thus we are slaves to our perceptions and desires and, thus, slaves to sin. Since nothing is false to the relativist, those enslaves do not realize they are slaves and it is almost impossible to show them this.
Abortion, euthanasia, “gay marriage, and the likes are all results of the Relativistic mindset and it will not stop there. How long will it be before infanticide and even worse are legalized.
It is my opinion that Relativism (along with its brethren Liberalism and Materialism) is one of the main reasons society is on the brink of implosion. And, unless we can break its stranglehold and move back to God, I believe there is little hope for society.
Note to the Moderators: Of you think this belongs in Moral Theology or somewhere else, please move