Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Hungary amends constitution; religious-freedom concerns

Catholic World News - March 12, 2013

Ignoring domestic protests and opposition from the European Union and the United States, the Hungarian parliament has voted to amend the nation’s constitution.

The lengthy fourth amendment, according to the BBC, states that "marriage and the parent-child relationship form the basis of the traditional family."

In addition, “rights activists fear the end of religious freedom as faith groups need parliamentary approval to be recognized as churches,” Vatican Radio reported. “Among the requirements is their collaboration with the state.”

The amendment, according to news reports, makes homelessness a crime and limits election campaign advertising to state media, raising concerns about a return to totalitarianism.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($34,862 to go):
$35,000.00 $137.54
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Mar. 12, 2013 4:56 PM ET USA

    Bad news reporting all over the English media. Marriage between a man and a woman has been in the constitution since the beginning. The added text was "the basis of family is marriage and parent child relationship." About the churches and their "recognition" the news are also flawed and even the vatican radio fell for it.

  • Posted by: larindoggieland5449 - Mar. 12, 2013 11:58 AM ET USA

    God bless and protect a Catholic Hungary! Communist Hungary Rest in Peace.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Final Liturgical Year volume for 2014-2015 now available 18 hours ago
Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria August 29
Every Aspect of the Catholic Thing August 28
News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other August 28
The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal August 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy CWN - 1 hours ago
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5