Religious Liberty is a fact of life--and of citizenship


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ABSTRACT U.S./ Religious Liberty is a fact of life--and of citizenship Welcome   |   Login   |   Sign Up   | RSS Make This your Homepage   |   advanced research   SEARCH   Culture & Religion MILANO | ROMA | LAVORO | TRASPORTI E MOBILITA | ENERGIA E AMBIENTE | EMMECIQUADRO | L'ASSAGGIO DI... | IMPRESA ENGLISH AUTORI | INTERVISTATI Home Arts & Media Culture Economics Education From the World Politics Science Society Culture & Religion Consiglia Tweet U.S./ Religious Liberty is a fact of life--and of citizenship Robert John Araujo April Fri 27, 2012 The Liberty Bell in front of Independence Hall Related Articles U.S. ELECTIONS/ Catholic presidential candidates: JFK vs Santorum POLITICS/ The relationship between the Bible and public life US ELECTIONS/ If Christ becomes an alibi RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/ Libertas ecclesiae: freedom for the truth read the dossier Freedom of Religion We, wherever we are—be it in the United States or elsewhere—if we are believers in God and the next life—be we Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc., etc., etc.—are citizens of two cities. This does not mean that we have divided loyalties; rather, it means that we must be loyal, faithful, and true in the exercise of our citizenships. The ultimately loyalty for the Catholic is to God and His holy Church. Now I return, more generally, to the idea of dual citizenship for the believer-American citizen, particularly the Catholic. Recalling Charles Dickens, we in the U.S. of the second decade of the twenty-first century, live in the best of times and the worst of times. Dickens addressed the bloody turmoil of the French Revolution. We address a different time, but it is not without its mammoth challenges and suffering as well as hope and promise. In the American context, the dual citizenship of which I speak is not a loyalty to two states (one of which is the United States) but to country and God. For, American Catholics are simultaneously asked to be faithful members of the Church and contributing members of the American republican democracy. This is why Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year in one of his ad limina addresses to U.S. bishops noted that there is now, more than ever, a “need for an engaged, articulate and well-informed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate.” Why is this important? I, for one, .......