In 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued a document on religious freedom. This document (Declaration on Religious Freedom) insists on a human person’s fundamental right to act according to his or her religious beliefs in religious matters. The principle is rooted in one’s human dignity and founded on belief in God.
It states, The right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person. It goes on to say, Therefore, the Council insists that the religious convictions of individuals or groups should never be coerced but must be held freely, protected by a civil constitutional right (5).
On January 19, Pope Benedict addressed a number of US Bishops on their ad limina visit, stating, “Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.” In response, the US Bishops have launched a national campaign called “Fortnight for Freedom” for teaching and witness for religious freedom, from June 21 to July 4. For more information please visit www.fortnight4freedom.org.
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