Category Archives: Dignitatis Humanae

Dignitatis Humanae 15: It’s A Wrap

Summing up Dignitatis Humanae 15, the Council recognizes three facts: 1. People want to be free to profess religion privately and publicly. 2. Many governments acknowledge this, declaring it to be a civil right. 3. Yet some governments deny this … Continue reading

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DH 14: What About the Church’s Role?

Dignitatis Humanae 14 brings us back to a consideration of the Church’s role in religious freedom. We claim the freedom. In many places we possess it. What do we do with it? First, spread the Word: (T)he Catholic Church must … Continue reading

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DT 13: The Freedom of the Church

Dignitatis Humanae 13 speaks of this being a “sacred freedom,” a “fundamental principle” in all relations between Church and state. This freedom is claimed on spiritual authority, “established by Christ the Lord, upon which there rests, by divine mandate, the … Continue reading

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DH 12: The Leaven of the Gospel is Quiet Work

Dignitatis Humanae 12 in whole: In faithfulness therefore to the truth of the Gospel, the Church is following the way of Christ and the apostles when she recognizes and gives support to the principle of religious freedom as befitting the … Continue reading

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DH 11: Concerning Jesus Christ

How does the document treat the reality of Jesus Christ, of whom most every living human being has heard. Is Christ essential? And how do we tackle the conundrum of presenting Christ, yet not in a coercive way? God calls … Continue reading

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DH 10: No Coercion

Dignitatis Humanae 10 tells it true: no one is to be forced to become a Christian. This doctrine is contained in the word of God and it was constantly proclaimed by the Fathers of the Church. The act of faith … Continue reading

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DH 9: Human Dignity

Dignitatis Humanae 9 reads: The declaration of this Vatican Council on the right of man to religious freedom has its foundation in the dignity of the person, whose exigencies have come to be are fully known to human reason through … Continue reading

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DH 8: Proper and Disciplined Use of Religious Freedom

Dignitatis Humanae 8 acknowledges situations in which people feel various pressures compromising their religion, judgment, and conscience. But … On the other hand, not a few can be found who seem inclined to use the name of freedom as the … Continue reading

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DH 7: More Rights and Duties

Dignitatis Humanae 7 states: The right to religious freedom is exercised in human society: hence its exercise is subject to certain regulatory norms. In the use of all freedoms the moral principle of personal and social responsibility is to be … Continue reading

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DH 6: The Role of Government

Dignitatis Humanae 6 treats the role of government: Since the common welfare of society consists in the entirety of those conditions of social life under which (people) enjoy the possibility of achieving their own perfection in a certain fullness of … Continue reading

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Dignitatis Humanae 5: Parents

DH 5 opens by stating: The family, since it is a society in its own original right, has the right freely to live its own domestic religious life under the guidance of parents. Interesting that this came up today. I … Continue reading

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Dignitatis Humanae 4

Dignitatis Humanae 4 begins: The freedom or immunity from coercion in matters religious which is the endowment of persons as individuals is also to be recognized as their right when they act in community. Religious communities are a requirement of … Continue reading

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Dignitatis Humanae 3

Dignitatis Humanae 3 begins: Further light is shed on the subject if one considers that the highest norm of human life is the divine law-eternal, objective and universal-whereby God orders, directs and governs the entire universe and all the ways … Continue reading

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DH 2: Religious Freedom Congruent with Human Dignity

Dignitatis Humanae 2 doesn’t mince words: This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. Which means that people “are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and … Continue reading

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Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom

It is known by the first two Latin words of the text, Dignitatis Humanae. We’ll be taking a close look at this document over the next week or two, at the suggestion of my friend and colleague David. The subtitle … Continue reading

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