True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty

True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty

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by Timothy M. Dolan
     
 
True Freedom
On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Are American liberties on the endangered species list? In this eBook original, the Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a plea for all citizens to

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True Freedom
On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Are American liberties on the endangered species list? In this eBook original, the Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a plea for all citizens to reject the cynicism of the day and foster a culture in which religious freedom and all human life are infinitely valued.

Religion and the dignity of human life are under attack by a variety of threats in the modern world including abortion, infanticide, eugenics, misuse of artificial reproductive technologies, an unjust distribution of economic resources, war, the arms trade, drugs, and human trafficking. What can be done to stop this? Cardinal Timothy Dolan explains the need for all Americans to embrace a new culture rooted in what Blessed John Paul II called the Gospel of Life where the sacredness of all human life, and the freedoms that are their birthright, are upheld, respected and protected by law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385344937
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
666,427
File size:
2 MB

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When I was a newly ordained priest, one of my weekly assignments was to visit an elderly couple who lived in the parish. Every Friday I'd bring them Holy Communion, and would spend some time just sitting and talking with them. The husband was severely disabled and had lost the ability to speak, and the only way he was able to communicate was through a series of blinks and eye movements. I couldn't understand him on my own, but his loving wife, who cared for him so tenderly, was able to translate. What started out as a duty quickly turned into one of my favorite times in the whole week, as I got to know this couple, so obviously devoted to each other and still very much in love after many years of marriage.

One of the things that always struck me during my visits was their serenity, a real sense of inner peace. They always seemed very happy to see me, and went out of their way to make a rookie priest feel comfortable and welcome.

After three years, I was assigned to a different parish, and stopped by for my final Friday. I felt moved to tell them how grateful I was for their kindness to me, and how much I was going to miss our weekly get-togethers
I told the wife how impressed I was by her patience and with her husband, and I told the husband what an inspiration he had been to me. "In the eyes of the world, you're in bad shape. You're unable to move, unable to talk, unable to do so many of the things that most of us take for granted and consider necessary for a useful and productive life. And yet, in all the weeks that I've been coming here, you've never once complained, or asked 'why did God allow this to happen to me.' What's your secret?"

His wife held his hand as he blinked-out his reply, and passed it on to me. "Just to live is itself a gift from
God," he told me. "Every morning when I wake up I am so happy to be alive for another day, that I cherish the opportunity that I've been given."

That, to me, is still one of the best definitions about the dignity of life that I've ever heard. It summarizes the beauty and dignity of life itself, a beauty and dignity that go beyond what we're able to do, what we're able to accomplish. It also gets to the heart of what Blessed John Paul II was getting at in his monumental 1995
encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life. His fundamental thesis is that human life is sacred, and thus merits dignity, in and of itself, not just for what it can accomplish, achieve, or produce. John Paul II directs his teaching, not just to Catholics; not just to Christians or people of faith; but "to all people of good will." This is rather important. True enough, his teaching is expressed in terms of religious belief and teaching, but this fundamental concept of the sacredness of all human life, which deserves dignity, respect, and protection by law -- is rooted in natural law, a source of ingrained principles accessible to all, not just religious folks.

Meet the Author

HIS EMINENCE, TIMOTHY CARDINAL DOLAN was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and served as Archbishop of Milwaukee since 2002. In 2010, Cardinal Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He succeeds Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. On Jan. 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Cardinal Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals. He was elevated in the Consistory of Feb. 18, 2012.

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True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
DocBob1 More than 1 year ago
Concise and complete; tells the truth whether or not you like it!
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Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Cardinal Timothy Dolan is an imposing figure in Catholic Church today. His influence on American Catholicism and American culture in general are undisputed. However, he is increasingly projecting his influence beyond American borders. Dolan's unwavering commitment to "affirmative orthodoxy," his personal charm and charisma, and his media savvy are all qualities that the modern Catholic Church needs in its leaders. This short Kindle single is an insight into Cardinal Dolan's thinking and the issues and causes that animate him. The first one of these - protecting human dignity in all of its particularities against the assails of the modern relativistic culture - has been a major source of concern for the Catholic Church for several decades. The second one - protection of religious liberty - has unfortunately become increasingly prominent over the past few years. Many have heralded the fall of communism, myself included, as the final victory for religious freedom among other things. Regrettably, that sentiment now seems to have been premature. Recent trend have witnessed and increasing encroachment on the individual and institutional religious freedoms, all under the guise of greater social good. This book is a simple and succinct attempt to elucidate and define the stakes in this battle. Cardinal Dolan is a very direct person, and this directness comes through in this writing. This ebook opens with an anecdote from his life as a parish priest in Saint Lousi, Missouri. It concerns an elderly couple that had to receive the communion at their home because of husband's crippling paralysis. It puts in vivid and personal terms what's at stake when it comes to the defense of individual human dignity and why it matters. Cardinal Dolan is often criticized as a staunch conservative, especially in matters that pertain to American domestic politics. However, his criticism in this book is not just of the left and its policies, but it cuts across the political spectrum. This book will probably give pause to people of all political persuasions. It clearly shows that Cardinal Dolan is primarily concerned with defending Church's own values and perspective, regardless of the prevailing political trends and attitudes. The latter part of this ebook contains the introduction to A People of Hope: Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John L. Allen Jr. It is a very well and balanced take on the person of Cardinal Dolan, and his significance in today's Catholicism. It gives an outsider's perspective on this charismatic and genial Church leader, and it may induce you to take a deeper look at him though a book-length interview.
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Reading_now More than 1 year ago
It is refreshing to read and remember our dignity as human beings come from a Creator, a Heavenly Father who loves us! In an age where life has certainly become 'less valuable' - this is a liberty to be protected. One can only hope our nation as a whole will reverse its course.
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This is right on target for what everyone in the US to know and understand. Whether they are Catholics, Protestants, or any other religion, Cardinal Dolan has a straightforward message concerning religious freedoms and how the government is trying to take it away little by little.
NookFictionLover More than 1 year ago
Timely, insightful, accessible. You need to read this to get the story behind the headlines.
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BRFL More than 1 year ago
Cardinal Dolan explains true Christian Freedom and we should not settle for less.BRFL
Solitaireyqueen More than 1 year ago
I believe there's a reason why Cardinal Dolan is with us during this time in the Church's history. Please read this book and encourage other Catholics to read it, too!
papanelson More than 1 year ago
Hopefully this book will help spread the word that our freedoms are being eroded by this government and that many prayers are needed to help correct this situation.
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Most important American right
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Hewwo?