We live in a “dis-integrating” society. This is a word coined by our chancellor, Archbishop Thomas Collins, when he spoke to the Empire Club in Toronto a few months ago. Our society is one which serves to keep people from becoming one in purpose and goals and fellowship.
And yet, “Religion is a vital part of our society,” he said, because “religion celebrates relationship.” The contribution of religion to the world is so great since “religion enhances local communities in which human relationships can flourish.” The archbishop stressed this point by referring to the principle of “subsidiarity,” a means of action in which the higher powers and controlling governments leave smaller communities free to make decisions on their own concerning their own affairs. Thus, “the smaller communities can flourish” by having ownership of their decision-making as it affects themselves, and doesn’t contravene the universal laws.