Respecting Religious Freedom

Since I returned from Rio, I am catching up on some reading. I came across this insightful op-ed on religious freedom that was published last week’s Wall Street Journal.

Here is an excerpt:

A common theory about freedom of religion suggests that such a value is grounded in a modus vivendi, or compromise: People agree to respect each other’s freedom in order to avoid religiously motivated strife. But the modus vivendi theory obscures the deep ground of principle on which the right of religious liberty rests and the true reasons for respecting the religious freedom of others.

As a Republican and a Democrat on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, we are committed, with our colleagues, to advancing religious liberty around the globe. One of our goals is to make clear that such liberty is not simply a matter of sensible social compromise, or just an American ideal or a Western value, but an essential element of human dignity.

You can read the whole op-ed here.

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One Response to “Respecting Religious Freedom”

  1. Frances Robinson says:

    You know, Cardinal, it’s getting REAL OLD — The Pope says something and the next day The Vatican says that The Pope was wrong or really didn’t mean it or really didn’t mean it the way it seemed.

    You see, Cardinal, The Pope is preaching The Gospel. Not the rules that celibate old men came up with just to control people.

    And, yes, I can see that The Pope is a liability for The Vatican. I wonder how long it will be before Pope Francis joins Pope John XXIII.

    I wish you well.