Thursday, December 2, 2010
Faith and Politics Meet: Pope Benedict on Faith and Legislation
Benedict XVI to the New Ambassador from Hungary: Legislative initiatives which value alternative relationships and family models, will promote the relativization of legislation and awareness of values in society.
Rome (kath.net/as)This morning Pope Benedict received in audience the new Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the Holy See, Gábor Győriványi. In his German address, the Holy Father recalled the reinstatement of diplomatic relations with the Holy See and the Hungarian Republic in 1990 and expresse the hope, "that the deep wounds of the materialistic conception of man, which after 45 long years years will strengthen and heal the heart and society of the citizens of your land, in a climate of peace, freedom and attention to the dignity of man."
Benedict XVI explained that the Catholic Faith belongs as the cornerstone of Hungary's history. Politics and Christendom [Sic] were touched upon: "The Faith has its own certain and particular nature as an encounter with the living God, who opens a new horizon wide of an actual domain of reason. But he is also a purifying power for the reason thereby, that he enables reason, to do Faith's work better and to better see its qualities. For that reason commands and patterns of behavior which impose, which don't take part in the Faith. It simply goes to the purification of reason, which will help, that which, what is good and just, which is understood here and now and then can be carried out".
The Pope underscored then that it is of importance that a new constitution of the land is inspired by Christian values, respects marriage and family, and defends the country.
"We all know, how much marriage and family are engangered today -- to which through the removal of its most essential values of the constancy and indissolubility on the basis of an increasing liberalization of divorce and increasing habit of cohabitation between man and woman without the legal recognition and the protection of marriage, to various other forms of life styles which have no foundation in the culture and legal history of Europe.
The Church can not endorse legislative initiatives which legitimate alternative partnerships and family models: "They attack the principles of natural legal principles and thus are for the relatizing of legislation and also the consciousness of social values."\
The rest of the Pope's speech is down at kath.net...