Day 3: Reflections for the Fortnight For Freedom
Day 3: June 23, 2014
Further light is shed on the subject if one considers that the highest norm of human life is the divine law - eternal, objective, and universal - whereby God orders, directs, and governs the entire universe and all the ways of human community, by a plan conceived in wisdom and love. Man has been made by God to participate in this law, with the result that, under the gentle disposition of Divine Providence, he can come to perceive ever increasingly the unchanging truth. Hence every man has the duty, and therefore the right, to seek the truth in matters religious, in order that he may with prudence form for himself right and true judgments of conscience, with the use of all suitable means.
Truth, however, is to be sought after in a manner proper to the dignity of the human person and his social nature. The inquiry is to be free, carries on with the aid of teaching or instruction,
communication, and dialogue. In the course of these, men explain to one another the truth they have discovered, or think they have discovered, in order thus to assist one another in the quest for truth. Moreover, as the truth is discovered, it is by a personal assent that men are to adhere to it.
Declaration on Religious Liberty
(Dignatis Humanae), no 3
December 7, 1965
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