Pope John Paul II and Religious Liberty

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This article explores the thought of Pope John Paul II on religious liberty. Reference is made to the significance of Dignitatis Humanae as the interpretive key to Vatican II. The article does a fine job of contextualizing religious freedom within a broader context.

In particular, the central question explored is whether a state may under certain circumstances recognize the truth of the Catholic faith. Gerard Bradley cogently explains why the teaching of John Paul II and Vatican II does not necessarily prohibit a state from recognizing the truth of Catholicism.

 

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