Mattingly: Pope Benedict, President Obama and Religious Freedom

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly

– Source: The Republic | Terry Mattingly

Pope Benedict XVI cut to the chase when meeting with the visiting bishops from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the U.S. armed services.

The pope mentioned “religious freedom” in the third sentence of his Jan. 19 remarks at the Vatican and he never let up — returning to this hot topic again and again.

The bottom line, he said, is that America’s once-strong political consensus has “eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such.”

It doesn’t matter if these attacks originate in “radical secularism,” “radical individualism,” a “merely scientific rationality” or suppressive forms of “majority rule,” said Benedict, during one in an ongoing series of meetings with American bishops. Catholic leaders must strive to defend church teachings in ways that reach all believers in their care — including Catholic politicians.

Within hours, these American bishops had good cause to reflect on one Benedict passage in particular.


Read the entire article on The Republic website.


  1. This is where I think Church leaders are far too compromised and don’t mean business. Want to shut down Barack Obama and never have any politician in the next 25 years even think of forcing this again? Threaten to pull all chaplains out of the military effective immediately and to strongly encourage all laity to leave the military as soon as possible and for younger laity to not join up. A mass exodus from the military would literally cripple it and destroy the careers of the politicians who pushed this legislation. The Founding Fathers pointed out that freedoms were never secured by a piece of paper. They have to be secured by either the threat of a violent overthrow or through non-violent protest.

    The problem of course is that probably nothing like a majority of Christians would be on board with this, especially if they see no issue with contraception personally. Never mind that this is a clear attack on all religious freedom in the US. But this goes back to the rot at the core of Catholicism. Obama is attacking a weak target.

  2. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    The Manhattan Declaration already anticipates what might be coming if the government is not turned back.

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