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VATICAN: Religious Freedom Violated In Democratic Countries

Today there is a new form of Christian martyrdom, as outlined by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State. This is the substantial violation of religious freedom in countries that call themselves liberal and democratic.

This is what emerges from the document drawn up by the International Theological Commission (CTI) entitled: Religious freedom for the good of all. A Theological approach to contemporary challenges, which was approved by Pope Francis. 

In fact, the Commission states that in the socio-cultural context that has emerged in recent decades, the democratic state is moving towards a “soft totalitarianism, which is bent on removing “every ethical justification and every religious inspiration” in favor of an “ideology of neutrality which, in fact, imposes the exclusion of religious expression from the public sphere”.   


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