Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pope Benedict Prays for Freedom of Religion for OTHER Religions in Apostolic Exhortation

Okay, it's not an infallible definition or a Papal Encyclical, but it's pretty high up on the level of magisterium. Here, I think, is the final and qualitative proof that Cardinal Pole is wrong when he asserts that Pope Benedict "has never specified that false religions can be the object of a right to free religious activity."
Here too, I would like to reaffirm the solidarity of the whole Church with those who are denied freedom of worship. As we know, wherever religious freedom is lacking, people lack the most meaningful freedom of all, since it is through faith that men and women express their deepest decision about the ultimate meaning of their lives. Let us pray, therefore, for greater religious freedom in every nation, so that Christians, as well as the followers of other religions, can freely express their convictions, both as individuals and as communities. Sacramentum Caritatis p.87


At Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:54:00 pm , Blogger Cardinal Pole said...

It seems to show that I am, in fact, wrong that the Holy Father has never specified the object of a right to religious freedom, but an aside in a document with Divine Liturgy as its object doesn't weight up very heavily against the consistent teaching from Gregory XVI to Pius XII.

At Wednesday, December 17, 2008 8:09:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Ah, we can all be wrong sometimes, Your Eminence! Even I!


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