Chapter 2 of Lumen Fidei
“Christianity is the opiate of the masses!” or so said Karl Marx and it is absolutely true if faith is not wedded to truth. If faith is not wedded to truth than it is no better than a sit com on TV that allows us to forget our worries and be happy for a little spell.
But true faith is all about truth. Today’s Catholic cannot lose sight of this. On the one hand there are those who only believe in things that can be measured, viewed, and reproduced. At the other end of the spectrum are those who only hold to what is true for the individual (it’s true for me even if it isn’t true for you.) But there is a deeper understanding of truth that lies in humanity’s memory. It grounds faith and far from being a hard dictator, is something that brings us freedom when properly understood.
If we do not think of freedom as something that we possess, then we can engage others in faith. Truth is rather something that possess us and therefore we can walk with others who have are on a sincere search for truth and faith. It is this truth and faith for which all sincere seekers are looking.