Jun 192012
 

Today Cardinal Timothy Dolan has released a small book called True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty

It’s easy to take religious freedom for granted. It’s enshrined in our Constitution and praised by the Church, and most of us have grown up without questioning it. However when this liberty is threatened, when it’s not respected as a fundamental right, we’re forced to pull back and ask a basic question: why do people deserve religious liberty?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York gives his answer in a new eBook released today. True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Freedom (Image Books, 37 pages, eBook) shows how respect for human dignity—the dignity of all humans, regardless of their beliefs—undergirds the right to religious liberty. Quoting Pope Leo XIII, he begins by saying:

“True freedom… is that freedom which most truly safeguards the dignity of the human person. It is stronger than any violence or injustice. Such is the freedom which has always been desired by the Church, and which she holds most dear.”

Find out more and see at review at Brandon Vogt’s blog.

  6 Responses to “True Freedom”

  1. Yeah, he’s a great guy, you should buy his book.

    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan authorized $20,000 payments to a handful of sexually abusive priests so they would immediately leave the Milwaukee archdiocese when Dolan was archbishop there nearly a decade ago, a church spokeswoman said on Thursday.

    The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) first announced the payments on Wednesday upon discovering minutes of a March 2003 meeting of the Milwaukee archdiocese finance council meeting. SNAP is demanding full disclosure of all such payments.

  2. your “cut and paste” is showing: was that this Wednesday, last Wednesday, some random dateless Wednesday? This is not news and it wasn’t news when it made the news.

    Regardless, I’ll take your bait. The funds were not for them to leave the area or archdiocese as you stated but for the priest to leave the priesthood and enter life as a lay person.

    I don’t believe anyone is particularly proud of the manner in which any organization has handled abusive people in the past. It’s good things are coming to light. However, to be blind to the abuse that goes on unabated in schools and other professions at a significantly higher statistical rate than it ever did in the Church while railing only against the Church is just ignorant.

  3. >was that this Wednesday, last Wednesday, some random dateless Wednesday? This is not news and it wasn’t news when it made the news.

    Google thinks otherwise, why don’t you do some research and see all the details?

    >Regardless, I’ll take your bait. The funds were not for them to leave the area or archdiocese as you stated but for the priest to leave the priesthood and enter life as a lay person.

    So. Giving money to pedophiles rather than say… calling the cops… that’s what you think was the right thing to do?

    I get accused of making strawman arguments here so if you could please confirm or deny my interpretation of your comments that would be great.

    > I don’t believe anyone is particularly proud of the manner in which any organization has handled abusive people in the past.

    What organization paid pedophiles $20,000 to leave their jobs? What organization is embroiled in abused suits literally around the world? What organization has gone on the offensive (in every sense of the word) against the victim’s group? Please show me these other groups but keep in mind, it doesn’t matter.

    Just because awful people also do awful things it doesn’t make other people’s awful things okay or understandable or anything else than awful.

    >It’s good things are coming to light.

    Yeah, it only took 50 years of legal fighting as the Church fought it every step of the way including threatening excommunication to the the victims (children remember!) who initially spoke out.

    >However, to be blind to the abuse that goes on unabated in schools and other professions at a significantly higher statistical rate than it ever did in the Church while railing only against the Church is just ignorant.

    Ha! Ha! I see! I can only talk about the systemic cover up of abuse of children by the Catholic church around the world is if I first talk about others who do the same thing! That makes it okay does it?

    Amazing, not matter what the Vatican does you can’t even begin to call them on it. What do you think if you say “Yes, the Holy See did put its reputation above the safety and well being of children entrusted to its care.” your god will freak out and never let you meet it?

    It is a true statement you know, beyond any doubt, your church helped pedophiles hurt children because it didn’t want the world to know it had pedophiles within its ranks.

    And men like Dolan helped make it happen.

    A great man! He’ll be a saint one day no doubt. You should buy his book and say prayers for him.

  4. 1:- author Eric Kaufman –
    book Will The Religious Inherit The Earth.
    2:- The Shah of Iran was sent packing because of his modern ways.
    He had strayed from the teachings of Islam….
    AND SO THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF ISLAM WERE BROUGHT IN TO OPPRESS THE PEOPLE…
    3:- In fact it was The West that had him deposed.
    The thinking was that a modern Iran would-
    (a) infect the whole of The Middle East & Africa with modern, free thinking.
    (b) cause opposition to the wanton exploitation of The Middle East & Africa by the people..
    In the name of The Father, for the almighty buck !
    Shenanigans in the sight of God – it takes HOOTSPA .

  5. Speaking of shenanigans:

    Jurors have reached an unprecedented decision in the landmark sex-abuse and child endangerment trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests.

    Msgr. William J. Lynn, found guilty on one count of child endangerment, is the first church official nationwide to be convicted for enabling or covering up clergy-sex abuse. He faces up to seven years in prison.

  6. Rockport Pilot Newspaper
    Letters to editor: March 7, 2012

    I’m Here, she’s dear, get used to us- Out of the monogamy closet.

    Dear Editor:

    As the dark ages of heterophobia are waning, our society is evolving, for the good, to the point where it can now accept me and my ilk. I cannot deny it any longer-I am coming out of the monogamy closet. Yes! I am faithful to my wife and I always have been since the day we were married over 38 years ago. I have always felt different around those who, with absolutist certainty, preached: self-fulfillment, freedom, liberty, self-worth, if-it-feels-good-do-it, I-gotta-be-me, do-it-my-way, grab-for-all-the-gusto-you-can, grab [another partner]-now, do-not-judge, my-morality-is-good-as-yours, and I-choose-my-morality. Why they want to impose this on me I do not know.

    I knew deep in my heart and in my soul I was different. This is something I can turn on and off, it is a matter of my choice, my free will. It is innate in me. This is the way I was made by God and so I have come to believe it cannot be bad. I knew I was free to choose, it felt so natural. And I chose – over and over, again and again – to love my wife, and only my wife.

    I know many will heap opprobrium on me, and some will even condemn me. So, I would like to begin a dialogue with those who are not like me, even though the grip of monagaphobia for some is overwhelming and the response from some monogaphobes is often shrill, scary, and even violent. Hopefully such a dialogue will spawn a movement to have the right to monogamy recognized legally and, if necessary, enforced by the government with concomitant retroactive compensation for past injustice, with future preferential treatment.

    If it comes to legal action, no doubt many judges, fine judicial legislators, on courts at all levels and on the U.S. Supreme Court, will easily discover the Right to Monogamy hidden in the interstices of the Commerce Clause and in the penumbras of the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments, buried there long ago by our Founding Parents. I anticipate City Councils across our land will pass hate speech legislation so I and those like me will no longer be assaulted with “one-wifer!”

    I look forward to Monogamy History Month – surprisingly there were monogamists who played major roles in our nation’s storied birth and growth, although this included relatively few politicians and journalists. Monogamy Challenged parking places will facilitate my visits to Wal-Mart. I relish the thought of the educational materials to be produced by organizations funded with my tax money for kindergartners that will portray monogamy in a tender, welcoming, accepting light and provide instruction, in graphic detail, about the mechanics of monogamy. I cannot wait for “Tommy Has One Mother and One Father,” “See How Happy Sally Is With Her [One] Mommy and [One] Daddy,” and “The Illustrated Joy of Monogamous Sex.”

    Monogamy has become the love that dare not be mentioned, for some a stifling, dirty thing. But, in private, I have quietly reveled in it, glorying in the love of my one wife while keeping my mouth shut for fear of reprisal. I can no longer be silent. Now I dare … I’m here, she’s dear, get used to us.

    Guy McClung ROCKPORT, TX

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