Pope: Religious Freedoms vs “Alleged New Rights”

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?

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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3 Responses to Pope: Religious Freedoms vs “Alleged New Rights”

  1. Tony says:

    But do the Greens pay attention to anything that the Pope says?

    I guess not, but the same could be said of all mainstream parties who would not have ‘paying attention to the Pope’ as a high priority.

  2. Matthias says:

    I agree Tony.

  3. PM says:

    He also singled out the pretensions of politically correct sex education to be ‘neutral’ -a fraud that flows from the equally fraudulent fact-value distinction.

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