Amid the other serious issues that the Pope addressed in his speech to the Vatican diplomats was this little gem. It is as we have been saying all along here at SCE.
At the same time, there is a need to reject the dangerous notion of a conflict between the right to religious freedom and other human rights, thus disregarding or denying the central role of respect for religious freedom in the defence and protection of fundamental human dignity. Even less justifiable are attempts to counter the right of religious freedom with other alleged new rights which, while actively promoted by certain sectors of society and inserted in national legislation or in international directives, are nonetheless merely the expression of selfish desires lacking a foundation in authentic human nature.
But do the Greens pay attention to anything that the Pope says?