Ratzinger on the Dictatorship of Relativism


How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves – flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.

“Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be “tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine”, seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. 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.

“We, however, have a different goal: the Son of God, the true man. He is the measure of true humanism. An “adult” faith is not a faith that follows the trends of fashion and the latest novelty; a mature adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ. It is this friendship that opens us up to all that is good and gives us a criterion by which to distinguish the true from the false, and deceipt from truth…”

-Excerpt from the pre-conclave homily given by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger at the Pro-Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass, 18 April 2005.

Posted on June 17, 2015, in life and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Much appreciated, thank you.

  2. Pope Benedict Emeritus GIVING A Pre Conclave Homily When Cardinal Ratzinger OnThe Heresy In The Church The Heresy Of Relatism And Modernism.Which Many Saintly Popes Have Condemed In Past Encyicals.Today These Heresies And Abuses Are Trying To Abuse And Destroy The Faith Of Catholics Her Holy Traditions Her Liturgy.And Love For Holy Mother The Catholic church.let us pray that god will destroy these followers of satan and the promise of christ our saviour will not let the gates of hell prevail against her john ambrose carmelite hermit.

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