Dignitas Infinita Promotes an Ill-Defined Dignity

On April 8, 2024, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) published the declaration Dignitas infinita (On Human Dignity), approved by Pope Francis on March 25.

The first part of the document describes the “Growing Awareness of the Centrality of Human Dignity.” The second part states that “The Church Proclaims, Promotes, and Guarantees Human Dignity.” The third part presents dignity as the “Foundation of Human Rights and Duties.”

Finally, the last part denounces “Some Grave Violations of Human Dignity”: gender theory, sex change, surrogacy, abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.

Unfortunately, as noted on the FSSPX.News website on April 11: “The Declaration takes up, and exacerbates, the misguided or unbalanced notion of human dignity which was at the heart of Vatican II, and affirmed in the Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis humanæ).”

“The Council spoke of the dignity possessed by all men, ‘in accordance with their dignity as persons, that is, being endowed with reason and free will,’ a dignity referred to ‘ontological.’ The Council founded religious freedom on this ontological dignity, which produces a relativization of the Catholic Faith by giving a ‘right to error’ in religious matters. A ‘negative’ right, but a right all the same.”

In passing, FSSPX.News noted “the aggravation of this doctrine by the use of the term ‘infinite’ associated with ontological dignity. Which is no longer even a deviation, but an aberration. Only God is infinite.”

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