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Religious freedom: main public focus for Church in coming years?

October 07, 2011

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter predicts that the promotion and protection of religious freedom will be the top public-policy focus of the Catholic Church in the early 21st century.

Aggressive secularism in the West, the global reach of communication among Catholics, and the rise in importance of Islam are all factors that make religious freedom a top-priority issue, Allen argues, in a very perceptive short essay.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 08, 2011 8:26 PM ET USA

    Steve214, it shouldn't be odd, look who he works for - they probably wouldn't let him print it if he did. Along the same vein, notice there has been NO reaction concerning the recent report concerning Apple, Google and Facebook censoring their sites of anti-abortion and anti-homosexual comments (read Catholic). Perhaps this is a sign that the bishops, once again, are unable to make the hard decisions regarding the Faith? Is it because they are too rich or what?

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Oct. 07, 2011 6:10 PM ET USA

    Oddly, he left out the threat posed by homosexual activism which claims that there is only one possible basis to oppose homosexual "marriage" or acts: bigotry.