Monday, June 06, 2005
Today's Prov. Journal had an article by Rabbi Rabbi James Rosenberg, RI v.s. Popes
"...I would suggest that in this regard Pope Benedict XVI, like his predecessor, John Paul II, is guilty of the fallacy of the excluded middle. That is to say, both Benedict XVI and John Paul II seem to hold that the only alternative to a truth that is not certified 100 percent objective is unbridled, unprincipled subjectivity...I am one of those who believe that "the search is an end in itself, without any hope or possibility of ever attaining the goal of truth" -- at least not "The Truth...On the other hand, I am saddened that a man of such immense stature limited his notion of the faithful to those who can glory in the certainty of revealed truth. I would suggest that there are many paths that lead to God, many ways of walking in faith..."
Rev. Raymond Suriani (St. Pius X, RI) has a great response:
"...Rabbi Rosenberg needs to re-examine his own moral principles. Contrary to the relativism he apparently embraces, there are some acts which are always and everywhere wrong.
Perhaps this idea is best illustrated with a reference to one of the most tragic events in human history, namely, the Holocaust of World War II. This horrific attempt to exterminate the Jewish people in the early 1940s was, without question, objectively evil. It was not wrong because I say it was; it was not wrong because Rabbi Rosenberg says it was; it was not wrong because the majority of people have determined it to be so after engaging in some lengthy “God-wrestling” (as he would call it). The Holocaust was morally reprehensible because it was an attack on innocent human life, and every such attack is objectively heinous.
Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both suffered under the oppression of the Nazis—an oppression which was rooted in the perverse philosophy of moral relativism. As pope, John Paul II was deeply committed to exposing the lies behind this philosophy and uprooting it from modern culture. Benedict XVI has now taken up the same noble cause. For that, Rabbi Rosenberg—and the rest of us—should be deeply grateful."
PADRE POINT: This same Rabbi stated on April 3, 2005 with regards to JP II, "I also vigorously disagree with him on what I consider his hard-line view on abortion and end-of-life issues, and issues of homosexuality." Doesn't the Torah still hold that God is the author and Creator of all life, especially the most innocent and vulnerable in the womb?