Freedom Divorced From Moral Law

A recent news report from New Jersey affirms the wisdom of Pope John Paul II's warning that once the moral law is disregarded in a society, there is no true freedom but only anarchy or worse. Such is the case with a new law in New Jersey.

The law denies the conscientious objection right of pharmacists who wish to refrain from dispensing abortive birth control drugs. As Democrat state senator Joseph Vitale said, "Discussions of morals and matters of conscience are admirable, but should not come into play when subjective beliefs confict with objective medical decisions."

What a topsy turvy world we live in when the moral absolutes contained in the natural law are defined as "subjective beliefs" while the natural ability of the human body to procreate is defined as a condition in need of "objective medical decisions."

We must pray for those pharmacists whose freedom to tell the truth and live their faith is being oppressed by the moral relativists in society. For as Pope John Paul II said in The Gospel of Life:


"There is an even more profound aspect which needs to be emphasized: freedom negates and destroys itself, and becomes a factor leading to the destruction of others, when it no longer recognizes and respects its essential link with the truth. When freedom, out of a desire to emancipate itself from all forms of tradition and authority, shuts out even the most obvious evidence of an objective and universal truth, which is the foundation of personal and social life, then the person ends up by no longer taking as the sole and indisputable point of reference for his own choices the truth about good and evil, but only his subjective and changeable opinion or, indeed, his selfish interest and whim."