Religious freedom, persecution, and martyrdom in the age of Obama.
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The modern democratic state can emulate a totalitarian one in desiring much more than “passive obedience,” often demanding full cooperation from the cradle to grave according to the English historian Christopher Dawson cited by the Apostolic Nuncio: Dawson thus warned that “if Christians cannot assert their right to exist” then “they will eventually be pushed not only out of modern culture, but out of physical existence.” He acknowledged that this was not only a problem in the totalitarian and non-democratic states, but “it will also become the issue in England and America if we do not use our opportunities while we still have them.”
Dawson, a convert to Catholicism, was writing in 1956 in an essay in Catholic World entitled, “The Challenge of Secularism.” His words are not dissimilar to those of Blessed John Paul II, writing in his 1991 encyclical, Centissimus Annus, in which he reminded the faithful that “a democracy without values easily turns into openly and thinly disguised totalitarianism.”
There is much in the Apostolic Nuncio’s remarks at Notre Dame of a purely spiritual nature focused on Catholic listeners. However, this presentation contains much more that is of universal or catholic (lower case) interest. Adherents of all faiths should read it carefully. Religious fanaticism around the globe, untethered, again, from right reason, natural law, and tolerance of religious diversity, has given religious freedom a bad name. The Nuncio’s speech in Indiana is most welcome as a reminder of what is at stake and why clear thinking on the rights and responsibilities of religious believers and those who govern them is so necessary in the present hour.
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The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
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