Pope Francis: No True Peace Without Truth

Blogged by James on 26th March 2013

Pope Benedict...

We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires.


Pope Francis...

But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the “tyranny of relativism”, which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. And that brings me to a second reason for my name. Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.


I know this is difficult and subtle, because Pope Francis is using words to say what he means - not like the simple world of wardrobe semaphore - but it seems to me that Pope Francis is trying to tell us something...

Perhaps he is saying (Why not just wear blue shoes or something? That would have been simpler..) that "there can be no true peace without truth".

Was he wearing a hat when he said it or not? I'm sure that matters.

h/t Laurence England