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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