Catholicism

The Catholic Chilean Conundrum

By: Carley Tucker (with a response from Allen Hertzke)

From the outside, Chile is very Catholic. It was the last country in the Western Hemisphere to legalize divorce—merely ten years ago, in 2005. Abortion in all forms is still illegal and heavily criticized. Beautiful churches look out over almost every plaza, and the majority of Chileans celebrate Easter and Christmas.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/the-catholic-chilean-conundrum

A Catholic Model for Muslim Awakening: Look to the Second Vatican Council, Which Drew on Church Doctrine to Embrace Religious Freedom

By: Daniel Philpott

The attacks in Paris promise a new round of debate on what sort of religion Islam is. If the past is any guide, commentators will pronounce that what Islam needs is a Reformation. Others will say it needs an Enlightenment. 

Both analogies are defective. Protestant reformers enforced their orthodoxy with every bit the deadliness that Catholics employed. While England’s Queen Mary acquired the sobriquet “bloody” for her brutal restoration of Catholicism, her little sister Elizabeth was equally violent in reestablishing the Anglican Church. 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/a-catholic-model-for-muslim-awakening-look-to-the-second-vatican-council-which-drew-on-church-doctrine-to-embrace-religious-freedom