Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July 2015
Witnesses To Freedom
Will Our Democracy Continue to Allow Us to Bear Witness To Absolute Truth?
From a Feb 23rd, 2000 speech to the Academy of Social Sciences by Saint John Paul II, reflecting on the document Centesimus Annus.
At the dawning of the Third Millennium, a serious question confronts democracy. There is a tendency to see intellectual relativism as the necessary corollary of democratic forms of political life. In such a view, truth is determined by the majority and varies in accordance with passing cultural and political trends. From this point of view, those who are convinced that certain truths are absolute and immutable are considered unreasonable and unreliable. On the other hand, as Christians we firmly believe that “if there is no ultimate truth to guide and direct political activity, then ideas and convictions can easily be manipulated for reasons of power. As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism” (Centesimus Annus, 46).