Gospel of Life -- Study Guide
The theme of freedom and truth is central in the
teachings of Pope John Paul II. In his 1993 encyclical
The Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor) he comments at length upon
the fact that freedom and truth are inherently linked, and that neither can be
understood without the other. Freedom is the power to do what is right, and we
perceive what is right by the gift of truth. At its core, a "pro-choice"
mentality pretends to create its own truth. For example, the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice produces a booklet called
Abortion: Finding your own Truth. In reality, it is God who creates truth
and enables all of us to know it objectively.
In The Gospel of Life,
the Holy Father takes up this theme again. "No less critical in the formation
of conscience is the recovery of the necessary link between freedom and truth.
As I have frequently stated, when freedom is detached from objective truth it
becomes impossible to establish personal rights on a firm rational basis; and
the ground is laid for society to be at the mercy of the unrestrained will of
individuals or the oppressive totalitarianism of public authority" (n. 96).
Describe the meaning of freedom in the light of the Pope's words at
Camden Yards. How does he succinctly define freedom in that talk?
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