- Jun 19, 2021
In France, the conservative-led Senate approved a bill Tuesday banning mothers from wearing headscarves on school field trips, and a survey by the Ifop polling firm published Sunday suggested that eight out of 10 French think secularism is in danger.
The archbishop of Montreal worries that Quebec’s secularism legislation will affect religious liberties in this Canadian province.
Many French Catholics say the fires that engulfed Notre Dame may have also set off a spiritual spark, especially in the new generations.
Joseph Weiler, a prominent professor of law at New York University, has said that at a time of high polemics when the religious voice has been “muted” from the public arena, Saint John Paul II’s social teaching offers a balanced approach to the interaction between church and a secular state.
Giuseppe Dalla Torre, a prestigious Italian professor and jurist, has said global society, and the west in particular, needs to rethink the concept of fundamental human rights, which he said are often confused with lesser liberties, creating confusion and, ultimately, a loss of what rights are.
A 25-foot tall statue of Pope Saint John Paul II praying beneath an arch adorned with a cross is causing controversy in Ploërmel, France. A court has ordered the cross removed, stating its “presence in a public location is contrary to the law.” The prime minister of Poland has offered to take the statue, saying the “dictatorship” of political correctness is “alien to our culture, which leads to terrorizing Europeans in their everyday life.”
Playing the religion card so openly is unusual in France, where the official separation of church and state is normally taken so seriously that politicians rarely if ever mention in public whether they have a faith or not. But now French politicians, especially those on the right, are harking back to a secularized version of France’s traditional Catholic identity as one of several ways to mobilize voters.
ROSNY-SOUS-BOIS, France — Laïcité, the concept of state secularism, is a defining principle of the French republic, right up there with the national motto of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Developed in the French Revolution, which targeted the Roman Catholic Church as much as the monarchy, laïcité governs the public life