Catholics Need Not Apply. Firing Professor Howell. Rise of Anti-Catholicism
Catholics insist that there is a Natural Law, 'present in the heart of each man and established by reason.'
The E-Mail was sent on behalf of an anonymous student: "Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing. Declaring that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another." This is PRECISELY the Catholic claim! Homosexual sexual acts violate the Natural Law.
The relativists of this age have persuaded many, including some Catholics, that there are no objective moral truths; there are only 'my' truths and 'your' truths.
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - The story of the unjust firing of Catholic Professor Ken Howell by the University of Illinois is far from over. The President of the University is sending out form letters in response to the overwhelming number of complaints he has received. He has promised to have the decision reviewed. The excellent lawyers of the Alliance Defense Fund are doing what they do so well. Catholics, other Christians and other people of faith and good will have joined together to right what is an obvious wrong.
Professor Ken Howell is a faithful Catholic who was hired to teach courses on the Catholic faith and intellectual tradition. He is well qualified on every front. He taught those courses in complete fidelity to the magisterium, the teaching office, of the Catholic Church. He is a victim of the "Dictatorship of Relativism" which Pope Benedict XVI warned of in the homily he gave prior to the Conclave wherein he was chosen to become the successor of the Apostle Peter. Professor Howell taught what the Catholic Church affirms about the existence of the Natural Law and its binding nature on all men and women of every age.
This position is not simply a "religious" position. It was the foundation of Western Civilization. There simply are objective Moral truths which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason and these Moral truths should govern our life together. For example, the taking of innocent human life is always wrong, period. That is why faithful Catholics are at the forefront of the great human rights struggle of our age to restore the recognition of the fundamental human right to life for our first neighbors, children in the womb.
So it is with the Church's teaching that homosexual sexual acts are morally disordered. They are. Authentic Human Freedom has a moral constitution. It must be exercised in reference to the truth concerning the human person, the family, our obligations in solidarity to one another and the common good. The unjust firing of Professor Howell is a warning to all who hold that truth exists in an age which has followed the pied piper of relativism.
We are engaged in a struggle between two competing visions of the human person, the nature of marriage (and the family and society founded upon it) and the structure and obligations attendant to the responsible exercise of authentic human freedom. Just before leaving for the summer month, 7,000 pilgrims filled the Paul VI Hall to hear the Pope say these words: "Freedom is authentic and helps in the construction of a truly human civilization only when reconciled with truth. If disconnected from truth, freedom tragically becomes the principle that destroys the inner harmony of human beings, a source of abuse for the strong and the violent, a cause of suffering and mourning."
It is important to pay attention to the e-mail complaint which generated the unconstitutional termination of Professor Howell. It was sent to Dr. Robert McKim by a student who was not in Professor Howell's class. He purported to be writing on behalf of a student who was and wished to remain anonymous. The e-mail read in part "Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing. Declaring that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another." Here in one simple sentence is the real danger this whole matter exposes. This is PRECISELY the Catholic claim! Homosexual sexual acts violate the Natural Law.
Catholics insist that there is such a Natural Law, "present in the heart of each man and established by reason." This law "is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. It expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties." (CCC# 1956) It is in this Natural Law that we find the moral truths which should inform our life together if we hope to build a truly just and free society. It is in this Natural Law that we find those fundamental and foundational human rights which must be recognized by the civil or positive law as belonging to all men and women. These rights do not come from Government but from God.
The relativists of this age have persuaded many, including some Catholics, that there are no objective moral truths; there are only "my" truths and "your" truths. They seek to relegate our claim of the existence of such truths to simply being a "religious" position. We will not and we cannot back down. In the midst of this confused age we must insist that there are objective truths which can be known by the exercise of reason because they are revealed by the Natural Law. Further that these truths are the only solid basis for building a truly free, just and human society.
Such truth claims grate against the enforcers of the "dictatorship of Relativism". Catholics insist that these objective truths must form the basis of a truly just civil society. ...
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