Pope: True rights come from human nature, not special interest groups [via EWTN]

New York, Apr 18, 2008 / 10:59 am (CNA).- In a highly articulate speech on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI provided strong philosophical and moral arguments to make the point that human rights are inherent to human persons and not the fruit of an “agreement”. These rights, therefore, cannot be manipulated by ideological and pressure groups.

Human dignity is the foundation of rights, the Pope said, pointing out that the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the UN is celebrating this year, springs from this dignity.
The declaration, he recalled, “was the outcome of a convergence of different religious and cultural traditions, all of them motivated by the common desire to place the human person at the heart of institutions, laws and the workings of society, and to consider the human person essential for the world of culture, religion and science.”

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