Day 12: Reflection for the Fortnight for Freedom


Day 12: July 2, 2014
Among the things which concern the good of the Church and indeed the welfare of society here on earth - things therefore which are always and everywhere to be kept secure and defended against all injury - this certainly is preeminent, namely, that the Church should enjoy that full measure of freedom which her care for salvation of men requires. This freedom is sacred because the only-begotten Son endowed with it the Church which He purchased with His blood. It is so much the property of the Church that to act against it is to act against the will of God. The freedom of the Church is the fundamental principle in what concerns the relations between the Church and governments and the whole civil order. 

Declaration on Religious Liberty
(Dignitatis Humanae), no 3
December 7, 1965

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