Pope Benedict Urges American Catholics to Stand Up for Religious Rights

Posted: September 14, 2012 by April Watkins in Catholic, Christianity, Election 2012, Obama, Progressives / Socialists
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In a rare letter sent from Pope Benedict XVI to the American Catholic Bishops, his Holiness calls for American Catholics to wake up and recognize the threats to our religious freedoms which are being whittled away by the Obama Administration.  Below is an excerpt from the address:

“… it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”

“Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”

Click here for the full text from the Vatican. 

  1. The Holy Father’s letter applies to Catholics all over the world.

  2. Reblogged this on Charles Carroll Society and commented:
    The Holy Father urges us to fight radical secularism.

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