Saint John Paul II

May 20, 1980 - April 2, 2005


"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought"

His Work

John Paul II's encyclical Veritatis Splendor is justly regarded as a profound meditation on the deepest relation between human freedom and objective moral truth.
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Committed To Justice

Pope John Paul II was committed to the cause of religious freedom. He was a leader during the Second Vatican Council's development of its document on religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae. He often spoke in the favor of the individual freedom that the religious pursuit requires. But John Paul II did not really develop, on either philosophical or theological lines, the doctrines of Dignitatis Humanae regarding the civil right of religious liberty, the whole complex of problems regarding religion and the state. He was, moreover, almost silent about the most difficult question of meaning and interpretation in Dignitatis Humanae: whether it is ever morally licit for the state to affirm that Catholicism is true?

Galatians 5:1

"It is for freedom that Christ has sent us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burned again by a yoke of slavery"
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