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While one bishop (the pope) offered a sadly forgettable speech before Congress, another bishop hit one out of the park at the World Meeting of Families.
Though I believe Christians of all sorts would appreciate Bishop Robert Barron’s full speech, this bit about acquiring freedom through adherence to natural law should be accessible to non-Christian Ricochet members as well. This is what is meant by the famous claim, “the truth will set you free.”
The US Constitution was founded on assumptions of natural law. The purpose of limited, local government is not to absolve citizens of the need for an ordered society, but to protect a just order from interference. The Constitution assumes a preponderance of non-legal customs which reflect objective truths about the nature of humanity.
Freedom is found in virtue. “It is the shaping of desire to make the achievement of the good first possible and then effortless.” Virtue is found in truth.
The Constitution is an unsupportable dream without general agreement among citizens regarding truth — including truth about “the good” — and common customs well beyond the purview of politicians and judges. Multiculturalism and relativism are greater threats to American freedom than the legal monstrosities that arise in their wake.Published in