One more day to close our January budget gap—$7,737 short of our expenses. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Greeting new British ambassador, Pope links riots to 'moral relativism'

Catholic World News - September 09, 2011

Welcoming a new British ambassador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI said the Holy See and the British government share a commitment to worldwide development, “with a special care for the needy and those whose natural rights are denied.”

The Pope told the new envoy, Nigel Marcus Baker, that government policies should be based of something more than “moral relativism” which ultimately leads to “frustration, despair, selfishness, and a disregard for the life and liberty of others.” He said the need for moral guidance is clear “in light of events in England this summer”—an obvious reference to a frightening rash of urban rioting.

The Pontiff recalled that his trip to Britain for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, and said that a new examination of the works of Cardinal Newman could “bear new fruit among those searching for solutions to the political, economic and social questions of our age.”

Pope Benedict also mentioned the trip by Queen Elizabeth to Ireland, lauding it as “an important milestone in the process of reconciliation,” and expressing his hope that the peace in Northern Ireland would be solidified.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($7,737 to go):
$35,000.00 $27,263.12
22% 78%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Human Mix of Good and Evil 20 hours ago
Conscientious objection to vaccinations 23 hours ago
Can Islam confront its problem with violence? 24 hours ago
On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ January 29
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12