Losing Our Religion | Opinion
“THElove is love. “Science is science.” Homes and offices in Washington, DC must display all politically correct lawn signs.
Could it be that these signs convey a sense of belonging, the kind that was once provided by organized religion? And what do âLove is loveâ and âScience is scienceâ really mean?
This is the gist of the remarks made by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, JosÃ© Gomez, during a recent conference in Madrid. He was asked to talk about some of the movements that seem to play a role that religion might otherwise play – “social justice”, “enlightenment”, “identity politics”, “intersectionality” and so on.
They are âreplacements and rivals for traditional religious beliefs,â Gomez says. Seeking to replace traditional religion, he postulates that this is the awakened âsalvation storyâ: âWe cannot know where we came from, but we are aware that we have interests in common with those who share our skin color or our position in society. . We are also painfully aware that our group is suffering and being alienated, through no fault of our own.
âThe cause of our unhappiness is that we are victims of oppression by other groups in society.
“We are liberated and find redemption through our constant struggle against our oppressors, waging a battle for political and cultural power in the name of creating a society of fairness.”
It should be noted that Gomez, who is currently president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was born in Mexico.
He heads the largest and most diverse archdiocese in the United States, ministering in 40 languages. He does not speak from an ivory tower, oblivious to the human suffering he is talking about.
A constant voice for unborn children and immigrants was not a screed against leftist causes, as some have suggested on the internet. He is a pastor who reflects on what is going on in the world today and how to get involved.
âOf course, we all want to build a society that offers equality, freedom and dignity for every person. But we can only build a just society on the foundation of God’s truth and human nature, âGomez said.
He considers the main theories and ideologies of the time to be âdeeply atheistic.
They deny the soul – the spiritual and transcendent dimension of human nature; or they think it has nothing to do with human happiness. They reduce what it means to be human to essentially physical qualities – the color of our skin, our sex, our notions of gender, our ethnicity or our position in society. “
These secular movements, he says, âare at the origin of new forms of social division, discrimination, intolerance and injustice.
âI see all too clearly how bad people are,â Dorothy Day quotes, âI wish I didn’t see it that way. It is my own sins that give me such clarity. But I can’t worry too much about your sins and miseries when I have so many of mine. … My daily prayer is that God make my heart so big that I will see you all and live with you all, in his love.
We don’t have all the answers, it takes a real force to admit it, a force that goes against our culture.
There is a certain confidence that comes with humility. While giving voice to âindividual conscience and tolerance,â said Gomez, âwe must promote greater humility and greater realism about the human condition. To recognize our common humanity is to recognize our common fragility. The truth is, we are all sinners, people who want to do what is right but often don’t. “
Gomez’s presentation is an opportunity to take a step back and renew our confidence in the values ââthat foster a robust civil society nourished by gratitude.
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