BY MURRAY WHITE
SOCIETY HAS TO recognize the limitations of personal freedom, declared Cardinal Basil Hume this week.
In what amounted to a meditative affirmation of Pope John Paul's encyclical Vetharis Splendor, the Cardinal said that society was witnessing an over-emphasis on autonomy, and a denial of dependence. "Morality presupposes a basic moral awareness, that good should be done and evil avoided. The crucial issue and it is of real practical import in society today is: who decides 'the good'?" he asked.
"The real difficulty is that there is a loss of confidence
that (certain) virtues are always essential if human beings are to flourish; and there is often a denial that there are objective moral norms."
Speaking to the Annual Meeting of the Council of Christians and Jews, the Cardinal said that if society were to accept the value of true solidarity, it would have TO "recognize that we have no absolute ownership of anything". People would be open to share resources, "even when they are limited," he said. "Among those resources should be included access to food, housing, work, education and other basic human rights and freedoms," concluded the Cardinal.