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We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty Comments

Speaking on the theme of "Let Religious Freedom Ring", Cardinal Dolan noted that "freedom of religion has been the driving force of almost every enlightened, un-shackling, noble cause in American history. Thus, the defense of religious freedom is not some evangelical Christian polemic, or wiley strategy of discredited Catholic bishops, but the quintessential American cause, the first line in the defense of and protection of human rights," he said. Continue Reading

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  1. Nick
    2 years ago

    I would like to point out to Joe, religion is not the main source of tragedy in the world. The wars fought in the name of religion really are not religious wars at all. In Ireland and Israel, their fighting over land and not religion. The worst genocides in human history happened under atheist regimes such as the Soviet Union and China. While atheist and secular groups use their money and influence to force religion off the public square (for example the billboards that go up around Christmas time and the historic crosses they try to take down), the Catholic Church feeds thousands of starving people everyday and saves thousands of lives. Finally, if you think there's too much religious freedom, then you have no right to comment at all, for you are exercising your freedom to do so.

  2. sizetimecom
    2 years ago

    Joe,source greats

  3. LuAnn Winkle
    2 years ago

    The Catecism specifically addresses "scandal" as a grave offense. When Catholics in highly public positions violate the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Church has an obligation to enforce Church teachings.

    If a divorced, remarried (without benefit of an annulment) person cannot receive sacraments, then public figures who identify themselves as Catholic and "pro-choice" need to be held accountable. How else can the faithful understand that the Church is consistent and strong in its teachings?

    The Church has not held VP Biden, Katherine Sebilious, and Nancy Pelosi accountable.

  4. michael
    2 years ago

    Sometimes I wonder if Cardinal Dolan is more interested in constitutional law than the Ten Commandments, Natural Law, and the Divine Law. He keeps on insisting that this HHS mandate is all about religious freedom and is not about contraception. Souls are going to hell, but our case looks good in secular courts. Sorry, coach Dolan, you have to condemn the HHS mandate as a moral evil that blasphemes God and offends His Majesty.

  5. Emma
    2 years ago

    Yes, Joe. It's sad, but true. We are ignorant. Perhaps nowhere more ignorant than with regard to our own sin. It's our biggest blind spot. At least until He shines His light into our darkness. The Holy Spirit comes to convict us of our sin. Why? Because we do not at first believe in Jesus. If we did, there would be no need. We would be forgiven and cleansed already because of our faith. But, because we do not believe, and many do not, He must come and convince. We are only driven to a Savior when we know we need saving. The Holy Spirit must convict us of sin so that we will know we need saving. We must know so we will believe. This is the struggle between the human race and faith. We resist being told we are sinners. After all, we've spent quite a bit of effort to present ourselves otherwise. We've put our best foot forward to make an impression---on God and on others. Why would we willingly hear the witness of a Spirit that says we're corrupt to the core? Why would resourceful people such as ourselves readily present ourselves to Someone who came to save us? Save us from what? Having been saved by grace, we still seek to be perfected by works. The Spirit will not let us. He will not only remind us that we came to the Savior one day years ago; He will compel us to come to Him today. And tomorrow. And the next day. As long as sin is present, so the Spirit will convict. And as long as He convicts, we must not resist. Drop the pose of self-righteousness and remember your need of grace............that is what the Spirit tells us. I think it's quite clearly demonstrated in worldly events what it is we need saving from.

  6. joe
    2 years ago

    Look at the state of the world today and who is causing all the trouble before making stupid statements about religious freedom. The most obvious thing in the world today is that there is too much religious freedom in the world today. Most if not all of the worlds human tragedy is grounded in religious crazyness. Faith is not belief without evidence flowing from God any more. Faith is now just pretending to know what you don't know based on bias, predjudice and indigestion.

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