Dear Editor,

I strongly disagree with Mr. Harren’s position that “we still have… some power and responsibility to decide our own common moral framework…. deciding a moral framework is about as hard as it sounds” (“Abortion display false, uses data misleadingly,” Jan. 27).

Such a position is entirely relativistic and suggests that we have the ability to create our own moral principles. It suggests that we, the people, are the moral authority. This could not be further from the truth.

Moral principles are objective and absolute; we did not create them, nor are they to be debated and voted upon. God, who Himself is the fullness of truth, has written the natural law on all human hearts.

Through the use of reason, we have come to know this law and that its precepts are true and universal.

For example, nearly all civilizations and cultures in human history, from the ancient times to the present, no matter how distinctly different or geographically isolated, consider the senseless killing of another human being to be criminal and inherently wrong.

As rational beings, it is our duty to uphold the natural law and the moral principles derived from it, for anything contrary to it must be evil and a lie.

The Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, “Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”


Thomas Hillimeier ‘19, SJU sophomore