Sunday, January 29, 2012


A certain concept of freedom, which has widespread support in public opinion at present, diverts attention from ethical responsibilities. Appeal is made today to freedom alone. It is often said: what matters is to be free, released from all constraint or limitations, so as to operate according to private judgment, which in reality is often pure caprice. This much is clear: such liberalism can only be described as primitive.

--Pope John Paul II, Memory and Identity, 2005