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Pontiff foresees “systematic denial” of Christians’ freedom

Pope Benedict XVI says that Christians’ religious freedom is coming under renewed attack and compared the attackers to Nazis and Bolsheviks.

Pope Benedict XVI

He told members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences that religious freedom was among the rights that underwent a “systematic denial by atheistic regimes of the twentieth century” such as the Soviets and Hitler’s Brown Shirts.

“Today,” he warned, “these basic human rights are again under threat from attitudes and ideologies which would impede free religious expression.”

“Consequently,” he said, “the challenge to defend and promote the right to freedom of religion and freedom of worship must be taken up once more in our days.”

“The roots of the West’s Christian culture remain deep,” he said, noting it was “that culture which gave life and space to religious freedom” — and continues to provide religious liberty wherever democracy exists.

He observed that an early Christian writer, Tertullian, was the first author to use the phrase “religious freedom.” The second-century Christian philosopher “emphasized that God must be worshiped freely,” not under coercion.”

“Since man enjoys the capacity for a free personal choice in truth,” said Benedict, ”and since God expects of man a free response to His call, the right to religious freedom should be viewed as innate to the fundamental dignity of every human person.”

Benedict said the Vatican “continues to appeal for the recognition of the fundamental human right to religious freedom on the part of all states.”

He voiced a special concern for “religious minorities who … aspire to live with their fellow citizens peacefully and to participate fully in the civil and political life of the nation.”



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Soledad

posted May 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm


Hooray! Who better than Pope Ratzinger to warn the entire world of the threats to their real freedom of choice where reason and religious matters are concerned. He dealt with the same problems his predecessor did: first. suffering under the Nazis and then under the East German Communists. Listen, world! Do not dismiss His Holiness as a “sour celibate know-nothing!” God bless and protect His chief apostle on earth.



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Rodger D

posted May 10, 2011 at 2:12 am


He has my Blessing for the truth He speeks I pray He gets the right Orders and stays true to God.



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Bill

posted May 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm


Inga ;

You are right , in what you say . It will be coming here, too. We have a communist dictator; residing in the office of the president.

He stated in his first year in office , that we are not a Christian nation. He is doing all he can to make this country a Moos-lim nation
even if it means beheading all of us ( infidels ) .

It seems that , whoever has the most money ; wins . When people vote their pocketbooks ; as in the last election ; not their brain ; we end up with a imposter; Muslim/ communist , as the president .

My mother says all that we can do is ,PRAY !



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Inga

posted May 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm


I have read, how the Chineese and Koreans are so cruel and hateful towards Christians.These communist regimes are evil agents of Satan.What scares me is this horrible disease is spreading to the the United States! The home of the freedom to choose which faith we want to follow.Everybody, who is against God is for Satan, and unless they change their stinking attitude ______ they will end up in Hell!I know that the average Athiest does not believe in Hell but won’t they be surprised!!!



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