Defending Religious Freedom in Full

George Weigel has long been a clear voice of reason in the Catholic Church.  His books, articles and speeches over the years have served as a reminder of the Truth and Beauty of the Church, but he has also been unafraid to address the tough issues Catholics and the Church are facing.  I read the article below over coffee this morning and was both inspired and alarmed at Weigel’s wake-up call for the need to understand the depth of the attacks on our relgious freedom in this country.  We can’t sit passively by and watch…we must all do our part. 

What can we do to defend our religious freedom?   Do you see this as important?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section after you read the article.

Defending Religious Freedom in Full

By George Weigel

We have arrived at a unique moment, and just perhaps a critical moment, in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

At the time of the American Revolution, Catholics accounted for less than 1 percent of the population of the 13 colonies – a tiny population clustered primarily in my native Maryland and a few counties of Pennsylvania. Yet within a few decades of the founding, the great tides of European immigration that began to wash onto the shores of the new nation – those “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” as they are memorialized on the Statue of Liberty – brought millions of Catholics to the New World: at first, Irish and Germans; later, Italians, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Ruthenians, and many others who wove their lives and aspirations into the rich ethnic tapestry of American democracy. 

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  1. Randy, I see this as a very important issue. Kudos to Mr. Weigel for stating the problem in a way that law graduates can, hopefully, decide to “take up the cause”.

    It seems to me that as governmental entities pass laws that define as “rights” acts that are sinful, those of us who hold that these acts are sinful will come under the threat of violating a law. And if we describe the sin, we may be accused of “hate speech”.

    For example, if it should become the law of the land that same sex couples can legally marry, then anyone who describes this union as sinful could be considered a bigot. I don’t want to sound negative, but each one step leads to the next step. If we legalize gay marriage, what is next?

    I am very thankful to read so many instances of Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals standing up for life, and for marriage in the traditional sense. I’m thankful for THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION, wherein hundreds of individuals, many of whom are leaders of their faith traditions, agreed on certain Christian primciples, and greed to stand and not be moved. Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox – all agreed.

    I believe there is hope. I also believe we have to be vigilant.

  2. Carol-thank you for your comment. Weigel does a great job of revealing the dangers inherent in our country turning values and the natural law into one big gray area. We must act with love, but we need to speak up…now more than ever.

    God bless-


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