Pope Benedict on Religious Liberty

The Holy Father just finished his address to the United Nations General Assembly. My friends we need to take this to heart. Don’t let the secularists shut you up.

It is inconceivable, then, that believers should have to suppress a part of themselves – their faith – in order to be active citizens. It should never be necessary to deny God in order to enjoy one’s rights. The rights associated with religion are all the more in need of protection if they are considered to clash with a prevailing secular ideology or with majority religious positions of an exclusive nature. The full guarantee of religious liberty cannot be limited to the free exercise of worship, but has to give due consideration to the public dimension of religion, and hence to the possibility of believers playing their part in building the social order. Indeed, they actually do so, for example through their influential and generous involvement in a vast network of initiatives which extend from Universities, scientific institutions and schools to health care agencies and charitable organizations in the service of the poorest and most marginalized. Refusal to recognize the contribution to society that is rooted in the religious dimension and in the quest for the Absolute – by its nature, expressing communion between persons – would effectively privilege an individualistic approach, and would fragment the unity of the person.

One thought on “Pope Benedict on Religious Liberty

  1. A society which denies religion its free exercise is truly an Anti Christian Society. We as Catholic Christians need to publicly exercise our Faith, and show the light of Christ in this secularized society!

    Please Pray the Angelus at 6am noon and 6pm, say grace in the cafeteria or lunch room, join with other Catholics and pray the Rosary or Chaplet of Mercy at the park. Remember the price that was paid for your freedom, not in this world, but the spiritual freedom bought for you by the cross.

    Holy Mary please pray for us, for the courage and strength, to live out the Catholic faith. Amen

    Remember always preach Christ Jesus , some times use words .

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