Freedom of Worship?

Cardinal George writes here on the direction our country is going. Among other things he comments on the prevailing tendency by Hilary Clinton and the Obama administration to change the term “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship.”


 “Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union,” Cardinal George said. “You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship—no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long Cold War to defeat that vision of society.”


By the way, lest any reader berate me for being “political”, I guess if it’s good enough for Cardinal George to comment on these matters publicly it’s okay for me too.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10705270251238023966 Quanah

    Just has freedom of speech has led to silencing those considered "hateful" in our society so too will freedom of worship lead to to its suppression.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04981034819034579845 Beth (JanMarie)

    This country is going in a totally wrong direction!I think priests need to become more political, along with the laity…it is our duty as Christians.On EWTN this morning, Fr. Mitch Pacwa was "incensed" about the way the country is going and he wasn't shy about expressing his opinions and advice, saying, "We must fight!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17618337853095903802 Jo Anne

    Preach on, good Father L., preach on!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00169484284618791110 Sarah Oldham

    I'm on my knees for this country – and the world, for that matter.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05398695002015397509 Dennis

    Hello, Father.To start, I believe the Obama administration is trying to trample on our religious rights and think the greatest realistic thing that could happen to America right now is that he is defeated in November. Regarding the use of "freedom of worship", though, I was wondering if you could look at this article if you have time:http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=17590If you do not have time, it basically says the terms "freedom of religion" and "freedom of worship" have been used interchangeably starting with FDR and that most government websites (sources and links are provided for each) use "freedom of religion" instead of "freedom of worship". In other words, it believes people are making much ado about nothing regarding the use of "freedom of religion".Just wondering what you think.Thanks!Dennis

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11218974916477894298 Sue

    “Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union,” Cardinal George said. “You could go to church, if you could find one."As Our Lady of the Rosary predicted at Fatima, "The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me (without the Bishops of the world) and a CERTAIN period of peace will be granted to the world."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13070884396789350035 maria horvath

    Please keep speechifying, Father. Just as Jesus kicked out the moneylenders from the temple, we need to keep out the government lawyers and politicians from our churches.


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