Laudato Si 122: Practical Relativism

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. This paragraph and the next will examine “Practical relativism.”

122. A misguided anthropocentrism leads to a misguided lifestyle. In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I noted that the practical relativism typical of our age is “even more dangerous than doctrinal relativism”.[n. 80] When human beings place themselves at the center, they give absolute priority to immediate convenience and all else becomes relative. Hence we should not be surprised to find, in conjunction with the omnipresent technocratic paradigm and the cult of unlimited human power, the rise of a relativism which sees everything as irrelevant unless it serves one’s own immediate interests. There is a logic in all this whereby different attitudes can feed on one another, leading to environmental degradation and social decay.

Seems like plain selfishness to me.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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