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Human rights.

The Pope also mentions the issue of ecology--"the destruction of the environment, its improper or selfish use, and the violent hoarding of the earth's resources (which) cause(s) conflicts and wars." On war, he re-iterates that "war in God's name is never acceptable!"

The Pope then points to the source of today's difficulties. "A true and stable peace presupposes respect For human rights. Yet if these rights are grounded on a weak conception of the person, how can they Fail to be themselves weakened? Here we can see how pro-Foundly insufficient is a relativistic conception of the person when it comes to justifying and defending his rights. The difficulty in this case is clear: rights are proposed as absolute, yet the Foundation on which they are supposed to rest is merely relative."
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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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