Fratelli Tutti 207: Deeper Convictions

Behind every good law or rule is an intent to bring more order, meaning, and purpose to life, and less chaos. Ultimately, the Christian peers deeply and sees the law of love and a desire for a divine completeness in Christ. 

207. Is it possible to be concerned for truth, to seek the truth that responds to life’s deepest meaning? What is law without the conviction, born of age-old reflection and great wisdom, that each human being is sacred and inviolable?

To answer the question, law can descend into a deeper purpose for the powerful, a secret agenda to enhance the lives of a few at the cost of suffering multitudes.

If society is to have a future, it must respect the truth of our human dignity and submit to that truth. Murder is not wrong simply because it is socially unacceptable and punished by law, but because of a deeper conviction. This is a non-negotiable truth attained by the use of reason and accepted in conscience. A society is noble and decent not least for its support of the pursuit of truth and its adherence to the most basic of truths.

And yet, even killing has wiggle room, doesn’t it? Murder is a subset of killing, but who defines it? When does the “justified” killing of people through war or even self-defense overwhelm an objective sense of truth? 

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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