Vatican cardinal: Religious freedom under attack from ‘relativism’ and ‘gender’ ideologies

ROME, March 4, 2014 ( – Speaking today at a conference in Rome on human rights, Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, warned against the increasing threat of anti-Christian and “relativistic” interpretations of human rights that result in the repression of the right of freedom of religion.

He warned against the growth of a human rights philosophy that is not based on universal principles, but instead “depend upon the fashions and trends of societies or on the will of governments.” He noted a growing concern over “ideologies that attempt to rewrite human rights or create new ones,” suggesting that “a healthy realism” is needed to “block the misguided proliferation of pretended rights.”