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Truth & Love in the media
I heard a good summary of our last two posts while listening to the CatholicPsych Institute Being Human podcast. In episode 32 The Endless Mystery of the Human Person Dr. Greg Bottaro is being interviewed with his friend Fr. Louis Merosne of Haiti by the Lumen Vitae for their Power of Personhood podcast. The conversation turns to the differences in the Church’s and the World’s understandings of freedom. Fr. Merosne gives a clear example of the difference in definition and then Dr. Bottaro connects it to some of the points we have looked at. I am going to summarize what they said and offer further commentary.
To speak of freedom, equality, and discrimination regarding the person, requires that we first understand the nature of man. The theologian and Catholic publisher Frank Sheed puts this succinctly saying,
“You do not truly know what anything is until you know what it is for. …
If equality means sameness then any experience that testifies to real differences between persons would be an attack upon whichever person is more inclined to victimization. In this context meaning of discrimination to differentiate, becomes a prejudicial act of condemnation on the other person. The neutral act of recognizing a distinction between persons becomes a violent attack of the other person in all instances.
– to recognize a distinction or differentiate between things or persons.
– to make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, sex, age, or disability. The second definition naturally flows from the first.
To illustrate my point I would like to begin with the assumption that, we live in a world with an overabundance entitled individuals. For much of their lives many have been told that they are special or that they are better than others. …
This month we are going to reflect on some terms and concepts that are used often in public discourse. Sadly, they are often used by all sides as weapons to establish dominance and justification of subjective or objective truths. Subjective truths are those based on an individual or group’s particular experience of a reality and a truth they form from that experience. Objective truth refers to truths that can be universally recognized as true by all through the use of reason.
The goal of these reflections is to give us a starting point for exploration into the fullness of the truths referred to and a rubric or rule to help guide our personal integration and use of the terms. I will approach these terms and concepts through the lens of the Catholic Church’s perennial teaching, which seeks to ensure the dignity of each person while recognizing the intrinsic relational nature …