Reflection 213 Previous reflections Resolution The 16 Documents of Vatican II
Based on the 1965 Vatican 2 document:
DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
DIGNITATIS HUMANAE - 4
I continue to read this document's words about religious freedom,
I can't help thinking about religious freedom within the Church itself!
example, this sentence:
"Religious communities also have the right not to be hindered, either by legal measures or by administrative action on the part of government, in the selection, training, appointment, and transferral of their own ministers, in communicating with religious authorities and communities abroad, in erecting buildings for religious purposes, and in the acquisition and use of suitable funds or properties"
thinks of the selection of bishops, liturgical decisions etc....issues that
Vatican II urged be the responsibility of national conferences.
But in recent years, this responsibility has been largely cancelled as Rome takes back power
may your Church be a place of religious freedom,
not religious coercion