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But if the time should ever come (…) when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do the same. (…)

If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate, satisfied that I had tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election is decided on the basis that 40 million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole Nation that will be the loser, in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history, and in the eyes of our own people.

Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association (September 12, 1960)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Reverend Meza, Reverend Reck, I’m grateful for your generous invitation to speak my views.

While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election; (altro…)

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“The secular and religious intolerance of our day needs to be confronted monkregularly and publicly. Believers need to call the bluff of what is, even in most parts of Europe, a small minority with disproportionate influence in the media. This is one of the crucial tasks for Christians in the 21st century.” (…)

He said: “I think we’ve been tempted in the past to try to make Catholicism more attractive by going quiet or softly on the so-called hard teachings, the call to faith, the call to forgiveness, the call to sexual fidelity. Cut-price Christianity doesn’t work – it’s never going to be cost-free.”

Cardinal: confront secular intolerance

By Mark Greaves -13 March 2009

Cardinal George Pell has said a crucial task for Christians today is to “regularly and publicly” confront secularists who want to push religion out of the public sphere.
The cardinal – one of the Church’s most influential voices – said Christians needed to show secularised societies that “there are better ways to live”.
He made the comments at a lecture at Oxford last week on “Varieties of Intolerance: Religious and Secular”, organised by the Oxford University Newman Society and sponsored by The Catholic Herald.
He spoke of a “dangerous” new trend across the English-speaking world to use anti-discrimination legislation to curb religious freedom. To fight this intolerance, he said, Christians needed to regain their “self-confidence and courage”. (altro…)

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