Pope urges K of C to continue defending 'culture of life'
August 04, 2010
In a message to the Knights of Columbus, who are holding their 128th annual convention in Washington, DC, Pope Benedict XVI said that the best response to criticism of the Church is “a great fidelity to God’s word, a more resolute pursuit of holiness, and an increased commitment to charity in truth on the part of all the faithful.”
The Pope’s message—conveyed to the K of C in a letter from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State—acknowledged that the Church is experiencing a “period of purification,” in an apparent reference to criticism brought on by the sex-abuse scandal.
However, the Pope also addressed the need for lay Catholics to counteract the influence of relativism in public life, noting that “fundamental moral norms, grounded in truth and inscribed in the human heart, are increasingly called into question and at times overturned by positive legislation." He thanked the Knights for their involvement in public affairs and urged them to redouble their efforts to restore appreciation for natural law.
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