Dignitatis Humanae

How Mother Teresa Changed Missions

By: Rebecca Samuel Shah

In honor of the canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4, 2016, RFI Senior Fellow, Rebecca Samuel Shah, wrote a powerful, personal reflection published  Christianity Today. Mother Teresa's legacy in the world, her profound acts of mercy to meet the physical and material needs and the even greater spiritual needs of the least of these, has left an impact in the world and on Rebecca's own life and work in India and beyond. 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/9/2/how-mother-teresa-changed-missions

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