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The Religious Freedom Battles

Here’s my National Catholic Reporter review of a new book about John Courtney Murray, the American Jesuit who spearheaded the Vatican II document on religious freedom, and connections between that ground-breaking document and the US Catholic bishops’ recent use of “religious freedom” to undercut the freedom of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. 85 more words

U.S. Muslim & Christian Coalition Inaugural Dinner and Fundraiser

Talk presented at the U.S. Muslim & Christian Coalition (MCC) Inaugural Dinner & Fundraiser
ADAMS Center, Sterling, VA
Friday, May 01, 2015

Good evening,

It is a pleasure for me to be with you this evening for this inaugural dinner and fundraiser for the Muslim Christian Coalition. 957 more words


Free Choice of Schools

Parents, moreover, have the right to determine, in accordance with their own religious beliefs, the kind of religious education that their children are to receive. Government, in consequence, must acknowledge the right of parents to make a genuinely free choice of schools and of other means of education, and the use of this freedom of choice is not to be made a reason for imposing unjust burdens on parents, whether directly or indirectly. 46 more words

Divine Law

“Further light is shed on the subject if one considers that the highest norm of human life is the divine law-eternal, objective and universal-whereby God orders, directs and governs the entire universe and all the ways of the human community by a plan conceived in wisdom and love.”

Dignitatis Humanae, 3

Incoherent rejoicings from a caffeinated brain

Studied this in class today… major, major happiness    : – )

Standing ovation kind of happiness.

Dignitatis Humanae:  http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651207_dignitatis-humanae_en.html

The truth cannot impose itself except by virtue of its own truth…

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Day #195: Dignitatis Humanae 15

Today we conculde our reading from the Declaration on Religious Freedom, the final of the Council’s three declarations

Article 15 closes the document with a snapshot of the current situation in the world today: a situation where religious freedom is more widely recognized in the constitutions of many nations (which is good) while at the same time having nations that acknowledge freedom of worship on paper, but in practice make it more difficult for people to be religious (which is bad). 24 more words

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Day #194: Dignitatis Humanae 14

Today we continue on in the Declaration on Religious Freedom.

Lest anyone misunderstand religious freedom as implying that the Church endorses a “live and let live” philosophy, article 14 underscores the “grave obligation” of preaching the Gospel to all nations.  48 more words

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