“Who Am I To Judge?” Politics and the Problem of Moral Relativism

This lecture by Fr. Dominic Legge, OP, given at the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C., doesn’t so much interpret Pope Francis’s now infamous statement to a journalist in 2014 so much discusses its reception and the reasons behind it. As he does so, he distinguishes judging acts as opposed to judging persons, the reluctance of moderns to judge where this distinction is absent, as well as alluding to another reason behind this reluctance, that is not rooted in a reluctance to harm persons by judging them, but psychologically, in a reluctance to judge acts as good or evil objectively because they involve acts that are committed by oneself or those we love.

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