Posted by: matt25 | March 30, 2009

Ahhh the importance and weakness of our language…

NY’s incoming Archbishop Tim Dolan, in a televised interview, used some terminology that some find problematic and others think is vital in the public debate over certain moral issues.  The phrase I am referring to is “non-negotiable”.  Which causes me to wonder whether or not moral issues are non-negotiable by their very nature.  At least from the sense that negotiations involve a process of compromises by and between parties in order to solidify the terms of an agreement.

I guess it boils down to the question of moral relativeism..  If you believe there is no such thing as objective truth then everything is negotiable.

If on the other hand you believe there is such a thing as an objective truth, then it is the truth whether you believe it or not.  Which would render negotiations fundamentally flawed.

What I mean by an objective truth is, by way of an overly simplistic example, I may believe that the wall in front of me is an illusion but if I walk into it I will not only be stopped dead in my tracks but I may also break my nose in the process because the wall exists objectively rather than subjectively.  Enough of my philosophical musing,  Here is what the Archbishop had to say…

…. and, indeed, ventured a comment on Notre Dame’s commencement invitation to President Obama, which he termed a “big mistake.”

“When a President dramatically disagrees with the teaching of the church on a non-negotiable issue, we’ve gotta be careful about giving him a public platform,” Dolan said.

“There’s a lot of things that President Obama does that we can find ourselves allied with and working with him on — and we have profound respect for him, and are praying with him and for him,” he added, “but on an issue that is very close to the heart of Catholic worldview — namely, the protection of innocent life in the womb — he has, unfortunately, taken a position that is very much at odds with the church, and to give him a platform and to honor him, I believe, sends a mixed message.”

via Whispers in the Loggia.


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