Pope Benedict XVI recently delivered an important address to lawmakers in his home country, Germany. While he was specifically addressing the German Parliament, I think this speech should be handed out to our American lawmakers, and disseminated to our fellow citizens.
"[T]here is also an ecology of man. Man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will. Man is not merely self-creating freedom. Man does not create himself. He is intellect and will, but he is also nature, and his will is rightly ordered if he respects his nature, listens to it and accepts himself for who he is, as one who did not create himself. In this way, and in no other, is true human freedom fulfilled." Pope Benedict XVI, German Bundestag (September 22, 2011)