Last month Pope Francis spoke out on the subject of religious freedom:
“Every human is a ’seeker’ of truth on his origins and destiny. In his mind and in his ’heart’, questions and thoughts arise that cannot be repressed or stifled, since they emerge from the depths of the person and are a part of the intimate essence of the person. They are religious questions, and religious freedom is necessary for them to manifest themselves fully”. Francis emphasised that “reason recognises that religious freedom is a fundamental right of man, reflecting his highest dignity, that of seeking the truth and adhering to it, and recognising it as an indispensable condition for realising all his potential. Religious freedom is not simply freedom of thought or private worship. It is the freedom to live according to ethical principles, both privately and publicly, consequent to the truth one has found”. The Pope described this situation as the “great challenge of the globalised world, a sickness, in which weak thought even reduces the general ethical level, in the name of a false concept of tolerance that ends up persecuting those who defend the truth on humanity and its ethical consequences”.
Go here to read the rest. It is instructive in recalling from the Gospels how little of Christ’s message was conveyed in Synagogues or in the Temple. Instead, the vast bulk of it was delivered in the open air, often while people were going about their daily lives. His miracles were all performed in such settings and not manifested in religious buildings. If we restrict our Faith to Mass once a week and on Holy Days, what a pallid thing it becomes. We must be about the business of Christ and that business is ever in the World, and Caesar with all his power cannot stop us.