God given rights: Obligation of government? —Not to interfere…
(CUSA) – The fact is that the government cannot guarantee rights that come from God.
They can, however, create obstacles to those rights which is what we are seeing more and more every day. —Ed.
Let us take an example that will show how divorced from current political arguments the kinds of religion-grounded rights the Catholic Church has long championed can be from today’s rights talk.
In recent months Pope Francis has declared the right of every child to grow up in a family with a father and a mother. I bring this up because today this is considered a contentious statement; the right of a child to a mother and father is seen as in conflict with the right of same-sex couples to marry and adopt children…
Why would the pope talk about such a right? Is it a call for every government to see to it that every child is raised by a mother and a father, making illegal the status of orphan, or the raising of children by aunts and uncles? Clearly not.
The pope’s statement is a statement of ontological right—of what is needed for a child to grow up with the best chance of receiving the necessary kinds of nurturing to develop his or her capacities and character so as to lead a life of virtue and be open to the call of God.
The state cannot guarantee such a right. It can, however, undermine it by fostering relationships, and adoption into relationships, that deny essential aspects of human character and its development…
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