Jules van Schaijik
#1, Apr 14, 2012 8:17am
Thanks for the post, father. I have been thinking lately that the defense of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience against the illegitimate encroachments of goverment, would gain a lot of depth and strength if the connection with interiority is more often made. What is at stake in that defense, is the very heart and center of persons. Conscience is, as I think Veritatis Splendor says, "man's inner sanctuary", and, as you say, "the place of encounter": the deepest depth in a person, where he witnesses and dialogues with both God and himself.
To obey conscience "is the very dignity of man". To prevent him from doing — though, in a strict sense, impossible — is the most invasive attack.