I have read (yet again) an article by a christian believer, who accused liberal democracy of moral relativism.
The reason for this accusation was, that liberals are not adamant or “static” if you want in their stances regarding morals, and that tolerating something, that you personally perceive as immoral makes you a moral relativist.
- Its a coercive strategy to convince others to be less tolerant.
- When making statement that holy catholic church isnt morally relativistic, i can give few examples, that it surely is.
a) Cardinal Law of Boston.
Now I am not going to speak about his exile in Vatican, i am about to speak about his work in Boston. Even when he was being “wanted” by secular laws as a witness and/or accomplice, the point of moral relativism isnt that he was escaping prosecution. Remember, he abides to canonic/vatican law, and by protecting other priests, he just followed rules of “fraternal love” among the clergy.
Point is that his fraternal love was professed towards clergymen who sinned against one of the seven deadly sins. His work as a cardinal provided an absolution towards those sinners, and financial compensation towards the victims.
Moral relativism is that sinful-immoral behavior was tolerated…
b) An elderly nun was hosting a celebration in italy with jews who survived a holocaust.
Because she was 90+ she asked one of the guests, whether they are the jews they were hiding during war, or germans they were hiding after the war.
Now… From christian point of view, its still helping to those who need it. But, its a moral relativisn … its a big difference to hide innocent people, and people who are wanted war criminals…