• If everything’s a ‘right,’ then nothing is, says Vatican legal czar

    If everything’s a ‘right,’ then nothing is, says Vatican legal czar

    • Nov 14, 2018

    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.

  • French court orders cross removed from statue of John Paul II

    French court orders cross removed from statue of John Paul II

    • Nov 1, 2017

    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.”

  • Religion emerges in secular French politics as presidential campaign heats up

    Religion emerges in secular French politics as presidential campaign heats up

    • Mar 26, 2017

    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.

  • Old tradition of secularism clashes with France’s new reality

    • Feb 8, 2015

    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

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