Adult Faith Formation Column for the Sunday Bulletin of St. Michael Parish, Livermore, California
This weekly column is a short meditation on the Bible readings of the Sunday Mass. The meditations are direct quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals, writings of the Saints, and similar orthodox sources.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Go Into the Whole World.... Sunday, May 20, 2012
Among those things which pertain to the good of the Church and indeed to the good of society here on earth, things which must everywhere and all times be safeguarded and defended from all harm, the most outstanding surely is that the Church enjoy that freedom of action which her responsibility for the salvation of men requires. This is a sacred liberty with which the only-begotten Son of God endowed the Church which he purchased with his blood. Indeed it belongs so intimately to the Church that to attack it is to oppose the will of God. The freedom of the Church is the fundamental principle governing relations between the Church and public authorities and the whole civil order.
As the spiritual authority appointed by Christ the Lord with the duty, imposed by divine command, of going into the whole world and preaching the Gospel to every creature, the Church claims the freedom for herself in human society and before every public authority. The Church also claims freedom for herself as a society of men with the right to live in civil society in accordance with the demands of the Christian faith.
-- Vatican Council II
Declaration on Religious Liberty
(Dignitatis Humanae) # 13
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"STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" RALLY
When: JUNE 8, 2012 -- 12:00 NOON
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HHS
90 Seventh Street
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Saint Michael Faith Enrichment Team