February 10, 2012
On compromise and the Church's role in civil society
These words from Blessed John Paul II taken from his motu proprio of 2000 on Thomas More are worth pondering:
The life of Saint Thomas More clearly illustrates a fundamental truth of political ethics. The defence of the Church’s freedom from unwarranted interference by the State is at the same time a defence, in the name of the primacy of conscience, of the individual’s freedom vis-à-vis political power. Here we find the basic principle of every civil order consonant with human nature.
The conscience addressed here is the well-formed conscience that is essential to the freedom of the church about which Paul VI spoke at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. Like St. Thomas More, we have been blessed to live in challenging times.
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