- Pope Says Modern Mankind Is Usurping ‘God’s Place’
- Speaking at an outdoor mass to over 2 million in Poland: “Frequently man lives as if God did not exist, and even puts himself in God’s place,” the pope said, using his homily during an outdoor Mass of breathtaking dimensions to make the most pointed and topical remarks of his three-day homecoming.
“He claims for himself the Creator’s right to interfere in the mystery of human life,” he added, speaking in Polish and referring to a range of issues that clearly included abortion, cloning and euthanasia. “Rejecting divine law and moral principles, he openly attacks the family.”
The blame for this, he went on to say, lay partly with “the noisy propaganda of liberalism, of freedom without truth or responsibility.”
I appreciate the Pope’s describing human life as a mystery. It is a mystery and one should not approach it with anything less than awesome reverance at God’s most amazing of all creations.
I also appreciate the Pope’s condemnation of freedom used without responsibilty. This reminds me some of Spiderman’s motto, that with great power comes great responsibility. We in the free world hold such a wonderful but fearful power: our freedom. How we use it, both individually and collectively will determine the future of us all.