It is undoubtedly far too early to tell its true impact, but it is an important coincidence that it is this week that the Joint Committee on Human Rights will start hearing oral evidence as part of its inquiry into DOLS reform, and to ask the question whether we should have a statutory definition of deprivation of liberty in the context of the delivery of care and treatment.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith S. At a distance of little more than a year from its publication, it may be useful to outline briefly the significance of this document. Since the Reflections from the declaration of the began to declare her mind concerning Freemasonry, her negative judgment has been inspired by many reasons, both practical and doctrinal.
She judged Freemasonry not merely responsible for subversive activity in her regard, but from the earliest pontifical documents on the subject and in particular in the Encyclical Humanum Genus by Leo XIII 20 Aprilthe Magisterium of the Church has denounced in Freemasonry philosophical ideas and moral conceptions opposed to Catholic doctrine.
For Leo XIII, they essentially led back to a rationalistic naturalism, the inspiration of its plans and activities against the Church.
In his Letter to the Italian people Custodi 8 Decemberhe wrote: Now more thorough study has led the S. Prescinding therefore from consideration of the practical attitude of the various lodges, whether of hostility towards the Church or not, with its declaration of 26 November the S.
Beginning from this doctrinal point of view, and in continuity, moreover, with the traditional position of the Church as the aforementioned documents of Leo XIII attest, there arise then the necessary practical consequences, which are valid for all those faithful who may possibly be members of Freemasonry.
Freemasonry would constitute a cohesive element for all those who believe in the Architect of the Universe and who feel committed with regard to those fundamental moral orientations which are defined, for example, in the Decalogue; it would not separate anyone from his religion, but on the contrary, would constitute an incentive to embrace that religion more strongly.
The multiple historical and philosophical problems which are hidden in these affirmations cannot be discussed here. It is certainly not necessary to emphasize that following the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church too is pressing in the direction of collaboration between all men of good will.
Nevertheless, becoming a member of Freemasonry decidedly exceeds this legitimate collaboration and has a much more important and final significance than this. The rigid rule of secrecy which prevails there further strengthens the weight of the interaction of signs and ideas.
For the members this climate of secrecy entails above all the risk of becoming an instrument of strategies unknown to them. Even if it is stated that relativism is not assumed as dogma, nevertheless there is really proposed a relativistic symbolic concept and therefore the relativizing value of such a moral-ritual community, far from being eliminated, proves on the contrary to be decisive.
In this context the various religious communities to which the individual members of the lodges belong can be considered only as simple institutionalizations of a broader and elusive truth. The value of these institutionalizations therefore appears to be inevitably relative with respect to this broader truth, which instead is shown in the community of good will, that is, in the Masonic fraternity.
In any case, for a Catholic Christian, it is not possible to live his relation with God in a twofold mode, that is, dividing it into a supraconfessional humanitarian form and an interior Christian form.
He cannot cultivate relations of two types with God, nor express his relation with the Creator through symbolic forms of two types. That would be something completely different from that collaboration, which to him is obvious, with all those who are committed to doing good, even if beginning from different principles.
Moreover, this distortion of the fundamental structure of the act of faith is carried out for the most part in a gentle way and without being noticed: The temptation to go in this direction is much stronger today, inasmuch as it corresponds fully to certain convictions prevalent in contemporary mentality.
The opinion that truth cannot be known is a typical characteristic of our era and, at the same time, an essential element in its general crisis. With this last statement, the Sacred Congregation points out to the faithful that this membership objectively constitutes a grave sin and by specifying that the members of a Masonic association may not receive Holy Communion, it intends to enlighten the conscience of the faithful about a grave consequence which must derive from their belonging to a Masonic lodge.
In this regard, the text also refers to the Declaration of 17 Februarywhich already reserved to the Apostolic See all pronouncements on the nature of these associations which may have implied derogations from the Canon Law then in force Can.
In the same way, the new document issued by the S. This disposition points out that, despite the diversity which may exist among Masonic obediences, in particular in their declared attitude towards the Church, the Apostolic See discerns some common principles in them which require the same evaluation by all ecclesiastical authorities.
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