Politics, Law, and Religious Liberty

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Politics, law, and religious liberty are some of the most prominent issues raised among Catholics today, with topics of concern ranging from Obamacare and its contraceptive mandate, to the election of Catholic politicians at variance with Church teaching, to the question of administering Holy Communion and giving honors to the same. Catholic teaching on such matters encourages both participation in political life and a requisite knowledge of natural law. What we know to conform to God’s eternal law and our participation in it by nature cannot be abstracted from a properly informed political worldview without rendering that worldview “improper” and “uninformed.” Such is why the following links, meant only as an introduction to these topics, are provided for reflection together.

Politics
Address of Pope Benedict XVI on “Witness to Christ in the Political Community”; Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life; USCCB on Catholics in Political Life; USCCB, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”; Catholic News Agency on Politics; Catholic Vote

Law
St. Thomas Aquinas on Law; Pope Leo XIII, Libertas1983 Code of Canon Law; What is Natural Law?; Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Moral Law

Religious Liberty
U.S. Government Archives: Charters of Freedom; Encyclical: Dignitatis Humanae; Dignitatis Humanae Institute; USCCB on Religious Liberty; USCCB on Conscience Protection; “The Repressive Logic of Liberal Rights”“Religious Freedom, Truth, and American Liberalism”

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