April 19, 2008
The text of the Pope’s speech at Catholic University. I urge you to read the whole thing (and it isn’t very long), but I would like to point out Benedict’s emphasis that objective truth exists and that this truth can be known. Further, the failure to recognize that an objective truth exists leads to harm. As Benedict says, “the Church never tires of upholding the essential moral categories of right and wrong, without which hope could only wither, giving way to cold pragmatic calculations of utility which render the person little more than a pawn on some ideological chess-board.” Similarly, Benedict observes that “[w]hen nothing beyond the individual is recognized as definitive, the ultimate criterion of judgment becomes the self and the satisfaction of the individual’s immediate wishes.” Again, read the whole thing.