Skip to comments.Papal Nuncio: Catholic Division Undermines Religious Freedom
Posted on 11/14/2012 10:39:28 AM PST by marshmallow
Persecution of Catholics is facilitated by internal dissent, Archbishop Carlo Vigano stresses in a speech at the University of Notre Dame.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete menace to religious liberty in the United States that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.
Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and totalitarian regimes, he said. Unfortunately, it is surfacing with greater regularity in what many consider the great democracies of the world.
The apostolic nuncio, who serves as the Popes diplomatic representative to the U.S., said this is a tragedy for both the believer and for democratic society.
Archbishop Viganos Nov. 4 speech keynoted the University of Notre Dames Institute for Church Life conference. He discussed martyrdom, persecution and religious freedom, with a particular focus on the United States.
He cited Catholics duties to be disciples of Christ, not elements of a political or secular ideology. He lamented the fact that many Catholics are publicly supporting a major political party that has intrinsic evils among its basic principles.
There is a divisive strategy at work here, an intentional dividing of the Church; through this strategy, the body of the Church is weakened, and, thus, the Church can be more easily persecuted, the nuncio said.
Archbishop Vigano observed that some influential Catholic public officials and university professors are allied with forces opposed to the Churchs fundamental moral teachings on critical issues like abortion, population control, the redefinition of marriage, embryonic stem-cell research and problematic adoptions.
He said it is a grave and major problem when self-professed Catholic faculty at Catholic institutions are the......
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In addition - this message may as well go right to the top of ND, who invited him to speak back in '09.