John Heenan, founder and Director of "The New Zealand Foundation for Character Education Inc." defines values this way; "Values that are "Preferences" are personal choices that … Like supposed "American values" cited by President Clinton, the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien uses the term "Canadian values" quite often when he wants to affirm something he thinks we all affirm. An individual with high moral values typically displays characteristics of integrity, courage, respect, fairness, honesty and compassion The Pope does not claim to be infallible when he writes an encyclical, and the fact that the Holy Father is unquestioningly using, on occasion, the language of values, is, I understand from people much more learned in this than myself, because of his inexperience with the degree to which the term is corrupted in North America. No. I think that is absolutely right, and I think the key is not to try and dissuade people from searching honestly for truth. Roman Catholicism - Roman Catholicism - Beliefs and practices: The idea of faith shared by all Christian churches is rooted in the New Testament. When you've got children killing themselves at an ever-increasing rate when they are young — our suicide rate in Canada, amongst 10-14 year-olds has gone up 1367% between 1955 and 1995 causes must be sought and attempts made at solutions. © 1996-2019 Catholic Education Resource Center | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Sitemap, CERC is an entirely reader-supported web site and non-profit charity. Answer: everyone. But is it the same thing to say that you value justice, and I don't? Once we know what the virtues look like (and what stories of virtue illustrate each one) we are in a better position to determine how we are in relation to the standards of virtue we wish to achieve. [5], Now there has been a host of very useful books that put the matter so convincingly that I do not believe anyone who looks closely into the question can continue to support the use of "values" as a moral term. May 30, 2000. Simply put, everyone is a believer. Similarly we have to understand whether we have a good understanding of virtue or none at all. Be celibate; give everything you have to the poor; love everyone), but enforces them loosely. The key thing is to develop good habits. What wisdom means is different, richer, fuller, than what is natural. Regional cultures may have different approaches to family, marriage and gender roles as well as death rituals. Family values manifestly do represent something which the American people and their leadership, political and otherwise, have surely got to address in a more serious way than has been the case up to now, if we are not to suffer even more serious troubles and dislocations than we have seen up to now. They, like all the virtues, have a structure that can be taught and that makes sense. Yes. Sometimes, they have no idea even what they are going to see on the plate. This is because there is and can never be a Latin term that is equivalent to our term 'values'. The basis of all Catholic Christian morality is our belief in the God who created all things and in Jesus who taught us even better how to live. It is not a mark of chaos, but of some sort of "openness" according to these people to have a bit of Buddhism, mix liberally with some Hindu practices, add a touch of Jesus and two parts pantheism and, voila!.Voila what? The educational vision which flows from these values is one which promotes the dignity, self-esteem and full development of each pupil as a human person. So someone could put at the top of his or her list of "values" 'physical attractiveness' saying, in effect, "this is the most important thing in my life, that's the top of my values system", and what is the teacher expressly told? In addition to this, however, there is a serious prevalence of "values language" in the work of such otherwise excellent thinkers as Dietrich Von Hildebrand. We have got to describe the secular realm more accurately — and how do we do it? I have set out for you some of the categories. I believe that a school should be a place where children are encouraged to practice and model the life of Jesus and continue God’s Reign through the values of equity, respect, tolerance and forgiveness. The other thing that it is important to realize is that there is a difference between knowing a thing and living it. Why? Here is what he said, "values language is an obscuring language for morality, used when the idea of purpose has been destroyed. The Catholic school is a faith school that expresses a set of core values that can be described as human, religious, Christian and Catholic. They don't ask enough questions or act prudently, they dive-in. But the modern view knows nothing of the classical/Christian tradition. Does that faith on a diminished level that many people have, come anywhere near to explain these things? Though we may think these terms have some real identifiable meaning they do not. Because Protestants do not have a strongly developed understanding of ontology (confidence in creation by God is the essential grounding for sacramentalism), the goodness of creation and the holiness of being, that "Franciscan" insight into materiality, they do not respect the natural order the way we as good Catholics should. PART THREE LIFE IN CHRIST. We do it by pointing out that every man, woman and child alive is dependent upon faith. They are told to simply encourage the classroom discussion about what the children select as their 'values'. If the end is spoken about as living virtuously, where virtue is crowned by love and love is shown to us by particular acts and stories then we have something to teach and something to learn. This kind of expression is almost the opposite of the truth. But prior to the late 1950's I am not aware of any sustained criticism of "values" language. He said that this failure to understand what to him was obvious, was "baffling.". The term value commends itself to subjectivist and relativist moral philosophies, in preference to the common good. Well, their need is the opposite. A s a committed Catholic, I aim to instill in my students a love of God and by doing so a love for everything God created. Ethical behavior involves actions that are consistent with personal beliefs and values. See: for example, recent work that traces the origins of "values" language in Nietzsche's thought. The love of God towards us is unconditional. If I used it after five universities, you can bet everyone is using it. I hope that if I can give you anything tonight, it is to give you a very serious doubt about the utility of this term 'values'. And this language of "values" is being used everywhere. Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore has inherent dignity. 62 What you have is much more profound, and it is, what is your nature in relation to the objective categories of virtue. D. Deacon, Diaconate: A third degree of the hierarchy of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, after bishop and priest. Lewis was, remember, a classicist before he taught literature and was writing to a Catholic Priest who was also educated in the classical tradition. Recollection, as understood in respect to the spiritual life, means attention to the presence of God in the soul. Why? Lewis and Don Giovanni Calabria (the authors of the exchange of letters — though we have only C.S. They would begin, in little things, say speaking up for someone who is unjustly criticized — that is an example of courage. It's interesting — William Bennett, who used to be the Secretary of Education of the United States, was told by the publishers that they wanted to call it the 'Book of Values,' and Bennett said "No, the Book of Values is the Sears catalogue." It certainly cannot be a realm without faith (see above) though religious believers often speak of it as if it is. An established congregation that takes a good internal look to discover and define its core values moves closer to discerning its unique mission. So all of the virtues, in a sense, flow out of this deepening of our understanding and our practice of caritas. I just choose my "values" and there is no truth out there. But, here we note something interesting in terms of our discussion of "values" earlier. It is not used now in any of the writing that is coming out in, say, medical ethics, from people who have been made aware of this problem. However, if you take some of the sentences out of context, it looks like he is speaking, and I hate to say this but it is true, the mushy language of 'values'. If you learn to love well, you will learn to live well. We welcome inquiries and feedback: 508-793-3869 •, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (India), Obando: Feast of the Three Saints (Philippines), Peñafrancia & Divino Rostro (Philippines). If you’ve appreciated. Catholic definition, broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal. Values is "an obscuring language for morality, used when the idea of purpose has been destroyed; and that's why it is so wide-spread in North America.". We don't. The question is, what is their faith in? No. So he has a whole bunch of stories on courage, and some of them may illustrate a lack of courage or so on, but it would have been helpful to have an introductory essay to set out the 'Golden Mean' — the point of balance or middle way between certain types of the virtues. They assume it is telling them the reality of what is out the back window. Values and Ethics. We have got to do what we can to polish off, enrich, strengthen, nail on a few new boards, pull out a few rotten ones and pass on a more seaworthy ship of state to our children for the benefits of our children's children's children. Vision, mission, strategy and outcomes are difficult – if not impossible – to define until values are clear. So if we have an uncomfortable feeling about the direction morals are going in our time, we have got to get beyond mere feelings and subjective "values", towards a richer language for virtue and culture. The Golden Mean does not apply to all the virtues — there is no middle way with respect to love, for example, but there is with respect to courage. Catholic Faith believes in the value and dignity of each individual person, including the weakest. They have lost their power, or they have been twisted, and in perhaps no area of language is this more important than with respect to morality, and with no term is it clearer than with the term values. Reprinted with permission of the author, Iain T. Benson. Through stories and narratives, like Aesop's Fables, Scriptural Stories or exposure to and discussion of such sources as William Bennett's Book of Virtues, alongside a framework of the virtues (content and structure of virtues, discussion of habit, the "golden mean" etc.). There is an urgent need to reclaim an understanding of "the secular" that allows it to be properly described and for faith claims (religious and non) to debate openly about their positions within it. Grace, which is God’s intervention, bolsters a person’s soul, providing the necessary oomph to do the right thing.. But a detailed article in First Things magazine put me right on that score. Another interesting thing is that, within the Christian tradition, we say that Grace, the order of Grace, "perfects the order of nature", so that for Christians, what justice means is different, is richer than what natural reason can perceive. If there is time for questions, I'd be happy to entertain some. It is important not to make an erroneous distinction in how we think about society by viewing religion as somehow separate from the secular. What is the end? These [the Cardinal virtues] are also known as the 'natural' virtues (which are perceived by natural reason), and these [the Theological virtues] are called 'supernatural' (or "inspired" virtues given by revelation). So, we have our work cut out for us, as people who have been given parts of this tradition. You know what Sue Rodriguez said, very clearly into the television cameras? But the New Testament idea of faith is not simple; indeed, it possesses a breadth of meaning that has led to varying understandings, even within a single Christian communion. No human being should have their dignity or freedom compromised. And I want to suggest that of the terms we have to reclaim, 'values' is near the top of a list of other important concepts: a short-list would contain, in addition to that term, "secular"; "tolerance"; "freedom" "unbeliever/believer" and "tradition." They have no sense that life is about something. All of those, although they involve the material order, are none the less, somehow beyond it. We have had our moral language stripped from us in a serious way — it has been replaced by this 'weasel language' of values, and we all use it. The dignity of every person, independent of ethnicity, creed, gender, sexuality, age or ability, is the foundation of CST. Love is the jelly mould of all virtuous conduct. They use a car's rear view mirror — they don't test it. A lot of religious people play right into that. We cannot say, "you have your courage and I have mine." The same problem exists for any joint term such as "Canadian values" "American values" "family values" "religious values" etc. They are beyond the physical — above the natural world, so they are 'metaphysical'. He said, "I think that for the young people today, we had better make them good pagans before we make them good Christians." Professor Edward Andrew of the University of Toronto notes a fact that, in our current cultural malaise, ought to be widely known by those who think "values" improve culture: "there has been only partial awareness [in the Western academy] that the language of values entails that nothing is intrinsically good and nobody is intrinsically worthy." That's nonsense but he could not bring himself to say that we get our grounding for respect of human beings from our historic commitment to a religion which sees each man, woman and child as a unique creation of a loving Creator. For Catholics, this is not strange because they know all about the notion of interior life, the development of the interior life, the notion of the confessional leading to resolve to proceed in a particular direction. Pride was seen by St. Thomas as the greatest sin, and it is the basis of all sinfulness. He had a long exchange, for many years, with a Latin priest, a Roman Catholic priest in Italy, and their letters were written in Latin, and the book is called The Latin letters of CS Lewis. They are a world away from "values." That is a very grave error to make that distinction that way. Every tradition of culture (all cultures are formed by their religious conceptions) acknowledges the importance of developing the virtues and each tradition has its stories to illustrate the cardinal virtues. Now George Grant, the Canadian philosopher, whom I mentioned a while ago, made this point in an important comment on a CBC radio program a few years ago. Sometimes, migration patterns or indigenous traditions shape a region's religious practice. The world is not divided between those that have faith and those that don't however much contemporary anti-religion (or poor religious articulations) suggests this is how it works. I spoke at a Catholic Educator's conference a few years ago and was shocked and disappointed how speaker after speaker spoke in the "language of values" without realizing that this language is the enemy of the very "truth" such speaker's believed themselves to be promoting. Hamilton's provision of one of these encyclicals in the Latin version years ago, a comparison of the Latin and English texts. This is how "virtue" is similar and dissimilar to "values.". Presbyterian Minister Philip J. Lee has written a detailed and powerful account of the presence of and tendency towards Gnosticism in certain aspects of contemporary evangelicalism: see, A recent book containing an interesting list of religious and a few non-religious writers of the 20th Century, contains, in its subtitle, an example of this error. Many Christians would find this incomprehensible. You can know an awful lot about virtue and not live it. Those things are so much richer, so much more powerful, so much more helpful to culture in public education, so much better as starting guides for human life than what we currently offer — let's go back to the list — the "values" of "physical attractiveness" or "an adventuresome life". ARTICLE 7 THE VIRTUES. Well, because virtues fit within a multi-cultural framework. This recollection is twofold:. Catholics & Cultures is an initiative of the Rev. The "secular priests" are in the world — a world just as much informed by the activities of those priests in their day to day jobs as it is informed by the "faith" of the atheists who believe many of their things on faith (such as the non-empirically verifiable belief, widely shared by non-religious people, that "all human beings have dignity" or should be accorded tolerance and respect). If you look at his usage of 'values' in any of the recent Encyclicals such as Veritatus Splendor (the "Splendor of Truth"), or Evangelium Vitae (the "Gospel of Life") , or Fides et Ratio ("Faith and Reason"), you will see that in the context of the whole Encyclicals, he is talking about objective truth, he is not talking about personal values, where "you have yours and I have mine". It is very recent. I would like to share a few insights from the tradition of virtue that I believe are important and profound. You are building on this perhaps erroneous primary nature that you had to learn to do the other things well. Much of our learning and education is to learn what words mean and the power of words as everyone, for good or ill, has learned through history, is an extremely important power to command. How do you handle the Pope's dealing with the word 'values'? It is proliferated like the "Andromeda strain", and its effects on culture are disastrous. Interestingly, when you look at the Church's settled document, that is, the Latin text, which all these go back into for history, in none of those is the term 'values' present. What it is called is 'values', and the whole section is called 'A framework for values', and the list of things it contains includes these sorts of things: "physical attractiveness", "an adventuresome life", "achieving something special", and so on. I'm not religious, therefore I don't have faith." Like many of the things that the center does, and many of the projects I'm involved with generally, it's a task really of clarifying language. Edward G. Andrew, Williams, Thomas D. "Virtues, Values and John Paul II". An advocate that the public sphere should be open and inclusive of all citizens and their groups, whether their faith and belief commitments are based on non-religious or religious beliefs, Iain Benson was the first Executive Director of the Centre for Cultural Renewal, a non-partisan, non-denominational charitable foundation with status in both Canada and the United States, dedicated to examining the nature of pluralism with particular reference to the associational rights dimension of religion and expression. Remember the three Theological virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity? Yet we recognize our own tendencies toward evil, especially in an excess of our desires. [7] Though the article did not satisfy me that "the language of values" has any place in a Church document, it did satisfy me that the Holy Father means to use the Polish and English equivalents of "values" and what we are dealing with is not a mere translation error: more's the pity. It is a serious error to overlook both the distinctions and similarities between them. Remember a few years ago we had an elected politician in this province who was accused — because he wanted to take moral positions on certain issues — of "imposing his values" on other people. What are the "values of Canadians". Jesus knew that. With 50 schools, approximately 21,000 students and 3,000 employees, we are a faith community bound together by our beliefs. When we speak about 'Catholic values', we are speaking not about the truth that the Catholic faith upholds, but to the world around us, we are speaking about the values that a Catholic has. How it guides our work:Poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice make it impossible to live a life commensurate with this dignity. You see what the problem is there? I don't know anything about Shirley Maclean's use of metaphysics, and I am surprised that she even uses the term, but terms like 'spirituality' or 'metaphysics', like an airy use of "consciousness" or "awareness" or "energy" might well be used in the contemporary age by people in a sort of disconnected way. Newman's insight about taking hold of the truth at any point, that 'golden thread' and follow it, and sooner or later, you will come to all truth. How to use catholic in a sentence. The teacher is expressly told to not judge the children's selection of what they value most. But please note, the natural virtues are much closer to the supernatural virtues than either are to any category of "values.". The education must build up a notion of moral citizenship. And that is why it is so widespread in North America." Every single atom of creation is held in being, moment-by-moment, by God's grace. Chaos. Those are all means towards an end. It may [also] be that he is attempting "to connect" with people who think in those terms. The pyramid of virtue is structured through each other. The content of the Career and Personal Planning program, with respect to morals, is not called 'morals' at all. The modern view is, in essence, that "I don't conform myself to the truth, I make the truth by willing it." They are not values. According to Catholic beliefs, the divine grace is offered to the soul, because without God’s help, humans can’t do good on their own. His book Ethics (1953) is pock-marked with a use of "values" language that is interesting because it is used in some sections of the book almost interchangeably with "moral virtues" as if the writer simply did not appreciate at all what was missing (and included) in "values" that was not included (and missing) in "virtues". A Refutation of Moral Relativism Peter Kreeft presents not just a strong case against moral relativism, but a refutation of the philosophy that no society has ever survived. These values and principles are “characteristically Catholic” while, at the same time, shared by many religious traditions. In the Scriptures there is an important verse which informs us that: if you don't love others, you don't know God; love is linked to action. Catholic Womens League: An organization promoting religious, education and social welfare and represents Catholic women's interests on national and international bodies. And that language, I think, is the language of ritual, the language of truth, the language of "virtues". At the moment, contemporary liberal society wants to take little tiny bits that it needs of the tradition of virtue and plug them in like sealing wax when it discovers that society is hemorrhaging somewhere. It was a paper on the Canadian philosopher George Grant, who passed away in 1988. [1], Both the Greeks and the Christians affirmed the existence of reason and its reliability (and limitations) towards truth. A timid person must build up their courage by getting, in a sense, more of it. How is instruction in a virtue accomplished? Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture People are never trea… Slowly but surely, books are starting to be written about it which will make the point more and more obvious that this is not a language than can be used in the moral area. It is not simply or at all a question of "you have yours, I have mine"? [2]. Too little? Virtue is similar in that how we are (our first natures) in relation to the virtues (understood, described by stories, taught and lived by practice) is personal; but unlike "values" the virtues are also shared and cannot be simply chosen or ignored at will. They have faith it is there. Do I act rashly: do I tend to be brash and impulsive? All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders. When the Pope's "values" language uses are translated into Latin they go back into the term 'bonum' or one of its variants, all of which mean something like, 'the good'. ): See what is going on? But my point tonight is that these things can be taught in schools, they can be taught in families, they can be taught in church, and they need to be rediscovered, rebreathed within not only the Catholic faith, but within culture. Given his philosophical sophistication, however, it is somewhat surprising to note the appearance of "values language" as a regular part of the current Pope's writing. Instead of the very moral language that they need to be truly Catholic, or to develop a rich conception of the shared grounding for citizenship, values merely makes fragmentation worse. In some cases, the spread of Pentecostalism has influenced Catholic worship. It is not convincing to deal with moral traditions this way. And two wonderful phrases: Pride is the form of all the vices. Instead: The “Catholic” approach has extremely high moral standards (e.g. It is structured like this: at the top is love, or charity, faith, and hope. What temperance or moderation perceives is different, and courage as well. Can I say that I value courage, and you don't? On the island I live on — "spirituality" includes everything from crystals through to all manner of syncretistic religious practices and this wide-eyed use of "consciousness" and "awareness." People generally apply moral values to justify decisions, intentions and actions, and it also defines the personal character of a person. We can use it for citizenship education. Catholics of different countries and regions of the world practice and celebrate the faith in diverse ways. Language, as we all know, is extremely important: it is how we communicate truth, it is one of the ways we communicate love, it is how we communicate many of the most important things in our lives. The German philosopher Nietzsche saw all this last century but in all disciplines and at all levels (judges in law, ethics professors in medicine, university professors in a host of disciplines, politicians in all parties and, alas, religious leaders in all traditions) have not realized this point and continue to speak about "values" when they often seem to be discussing something they believe is true. The idea of an objective moral principle has been reduced to a matter of personal choice and aesthetics. Not 'faith out there, secular here', Believers:" Why it is Important to Realize that Everyone is a Believer, It follows from what I said about "faith" and the "secular" (the secular being a realm of competing faith claims), that we have to rethink an inaccurate or over-reaching use of the term "unbeliever." The virtuous person is the person who lives well. Some cities and neighborhoods organize elaborate feasts and processions honoring their patron saints or holy days. And we know that with respect to aesthetic choices such as clothing, or sports, or whether I will be (like the people in the next building) at bingo tonight or listening to a talk on values, those are, in a sense, personal choices that can be related to aesthetics — to how things look. But it has taken and is taking a long time to get the message out. Because he didn't explain how the virtues relate to one another or how you may have an excess or deficiency. 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