What is Culture?
Depending on perspective and purpose, culture can have several
definitions. One, of three, proposed by the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith that is consistent with LEL usage, is that
[a] collective system for evaluating ideas, actions,
events and therefore an ensemble of "models" of behaviour.
Every "culture" understood this way presumes a "scale of
values" proposed and accepted within a certain human group.
For this reason we can speak of a "positivist culture", an
"idealist culture", a "Marxist" or a "radical
Catholic Culture for True Humanism
Cardinal Giacomo Biffi
Archbishop of Bologna
A more general definition might be that culture represents the
underlying ideas and beliefs in a society that motivate its
activities and forms its sense of values. The
Culture is to Society as the Soul is to the
To the left are several key issues in today’s American (and
Colorado Springs) culture where the prevailing belief system
either reflects, or is moving toward, a set of values that is
contrary to Catholic belief. The intent is to provide
information on the issue and define the prevailing or trending
cultural belief as well as the Catholic belief. If we, as
laity are to make in impact on the culture, we need to be aware
of the issues, the Catholic belief concerning them, and why the
current cultural belief is harmful to our society. We can
then better conform our own lives to the truth and be prepared to
address the issue with love and faith as the issue arises in our
day-to-day lives. We can also respond to more actively
address specific issues as God calls us.
NOTE: The issues are underdevelopment