Arroyo's moral relativism

Tue, 08/16/2005 - 00:00
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If moral relativism takes hold in our national life, we can kiss goodbye to our goal of building an upright and God-fearing society. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in denying moral excellence is effectively promoting the idea that there is no consequence for breaking the law. This sends the wrong signal to our people that it is all right to embrace immoral and illegal acts.

Pope Benedict teaches that we completely reject "winds of doctrine" andIf the country is not careful, it will be led by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo into the abyss of moral degeneration from which there may be no return ticket "ideological currents" whose waves have tossed about the "small boat of thought of many Christians" and "have thrown [it] from one extreme to the other." Every day, he says, "new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw [the faithful] into error."

Following moral relativism, writer C.S. Lewis has warned, will damn us and will spell the end of civilization.

The undesirable results of moral relativism have already spawned a post-Christian culture in Europe that has emptied its churches of worshippers on Sundays and has led many Catholics to practice cafeteria Catholicism. In countries like Belgium and Spain, it has driven governments to pass laws legalizing divorce, abortion, and gay marriage. What will be next, the denial of the existence of God in everyday life?

The loss of moral principles, according to American philosopher Peter Kreeft, is the most radical threat to living spiritually. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has done everything in her power to make it impossible for the country to achieve a good society that some philosophers have defined as a society that makes it easy for every citizen to be good.

Kreeft says that "corrolatively, a good society is one that makes it easy to be free. To be free and to live freely is to live spiritually because only spirit is free, matter is not."

To live spiritually, he added, is to live morally. "The two essential properties of spirit that distinguish it from matter are intellect and will: the capacity for knowledge and moral choice, the ideals of truth and goodness."

Sure, Kreeft concedes, moral practice has always been difficult "for fallen humanity, but at least there was always the lighthouse of moral principles no matter how stormy the sea of moral practice got."

But that light is extinguished for as long as Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continues to occupy the presidency, a bully pulpit from which she can influence citizens of every stripe, especially in her role as among the primary mind molders of the youth.

Already, to many of our people, she has made morality so dreadfully complicated and confusing, no longer the constant guidepost that it used to be, which was purely defined in terms of black and white. Her constant fudging and fibbing has taken care of that, assuring everyone that crime does pay if you are the President. If the country is not careful, it will be led by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo into the abyss of moral degeneration from which there may be no return ticket.

She has put her personal interests above the common good. By cheating in the last elections to stay in power, she has destroyed our democratic institutions and has corrupted the moral values of our people.

Operators of her dirty tricks department are hard at work besmirching the reputation of people who have refused to countenance her illegal and immoral acts. They have pressured witnesses to change their testimony against her thieving relatives and their confederates.

While she has openly challenged her critics to follow the rule of law through the impeachment process, she has worked behind the scene to subvert that legal process from ever taking place. Her operators are reported to be enticing congressmen with financial rewards - using government money - to convince them to kill the complaint against her.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, misappropriating the words of Jesus Christ (let him without sin cast the first stone), has asked the people to look past her misdeeds and has portrayed herself as the victim rather than the perpetrator of high crimes and misdemeanors against the people. What she ought to understand is that in demanding her resignation, the people are condemning the sins, not the sinner. Even Christ in his full humanity judged the acts of those who defiled the house of God, overturning the tables of moneychangers as he drove them away from the temple.

Judging what is in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's heart is the sole prerogative of God, but the citizens have every right to demand of someone who claims to be their President nothing but the highest adherence to the rule of law and to the natural laws of God.

The moral choice before us is clear: allow Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to rock our ship of state with moral relativism and perish or reject her regime and survive.

Comments

Submitted by Arthur (not verified) on
This column is right on, especially in light of the Lozada revelations now rocking the presidency of macapagal Arroyo (circa 2008), almost three years to the date this piece was posted in your Web site.

Submitted by Michael (not verified) on
Arroyo must resign over the recent revelations that she knew in advance that there was something illegal about the broadband deal. She is shameful and shameless. This column does hit the nail on its head: she is a moral relativist who deserves not to stay in power for any second longer.

Submitted by Bayy Reid (not verified) on
The Macapagal-Arroyo regime is rotten to the core. One wonders how long it would take for it to collapse, given the gathering political storm in Manila as a result of her and her husband's &quot;greed.&quot; She will go down in history as one of the most corrupt kleptocracies in the world. She makes the Marcoses look good.<br />Please continue posting columns like this, which discusses issues in an intelligent way.

Submitted by Agnes Corollo (not verified) on
In view of Pope Benedict's visit to New York, I find this column still timely. The Pope has preached against the evil of secularism, and to think that the current Philippine leader is seemingly responsible for eroding the morals of her own people through corruption, it is easy to see why this column resonates.<br />Agnes Corollo<br />East Hampton, NY

Submitted by Lisa Hayes (not verified) on
I've relatives who went to the Philippines as missionaries. This explains my affection for the country and its people. What a disaster the Arroyo government has been to the Filipino people. Please keep posting cvoluimns like this.

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