Manipulation of Words Obscures Truth, Archbishop Martin Tells Synod Fathers

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

VATICAN, October 18, 2012-- At the synod today, Catholic News Agency reported, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin warned about “the manipulation of language and the management of information where the meaning of words is changed and manipulated for commercial, ideological or political motives.” This obsures truth and confuses youth.

Research conducted by Catholics for the Common Good has discovered critical examples of the manipulation of language undermining the truth about marriage and family.  CCG has developed new ways of countering this effect that is discussed in the new succinct booklet, Getting the Marriage Conversation Right.

Archbishop Martin said, “Young people live in a culture of relativism, and indeed, banalization of the truth often without even being aware of it,” he said. “It is a culture which they did not create. They may not know any other culture, yet they must find Christ in the midst of this culture while they have little familiarity with the language of faith.”

CCG's research has found that cultural confusion reaches far beyond youth. "We must be humble to recognize we are all products of the culture," said William B. May, president of Catholics for the Common Good and author of the booklet. "No matter how well informed we are about our faith, cultural influences and false premises that are unwittingly widely accepted have robbed us of our ability to communicate truth in ways that people can understand."

Archbishop Martin said, "The challenge of the New Evangelization must be marked by a robust confrontation of ideas, not in terms of ideological aggression, but in helping young people in the discernment of ideas.”

According to CNA, he "pointed out that the 'culture of individualism' leaves young truth-seekers especially lonely and recommended that the Church can counteract it by creating a variety of 'new ecclesial communities, not just those of the ecclesial movements, but around our parishes, which will be the building blocks of the Eucharistic communities of the future.'"

CCG's Stand with Children movement and its Faith & Action Circles for lay formation provide such an example.

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