The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on religious freedom on the 50th Aanniversary of the Vatican II statement Human Dignity an inspring call for freedom of consciousness at the height of the ecumenical movement. Led by John Courtney Murray, S.J. the Church moved beyond centuries of intolerance. The other epochal event of the time was the Church's renunciation of the anti-Semitism that had long scarred Christendom. The story of the struggle is brilliantly recounted in John Connelly's From Enemy to Brother.
Unfortunately the culture warriors who dominate the U.S. Catholic Church have used this anniversary to pen a hyperbolic doom and gloom video. By linking the grim situation of Christians in the Arab world to the "heroic" efforts of the Little Sisters of the Poor to avoid even the slightest complicity with contraception the Bishops' video shows how little they understand about conscience: that people have the right to control their procreation and they do all their other creative efforts. Sad! - gwc
Bishops release religious freedom video for 50th anniversary of 'Dignitatis Humanae' | National Catholic Reporter
by Tom Roberts