Religious freedom must be protected: Vatican official

Archbishop Paul Gallagher (ACBC)

The Church has failed to defend Christians effectively, partly because it historically accepted persecution as part of its “community story,” says the Vatican's foreign minister. Source: Catholic Herald.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, a former apostolic nuncio to Australia, has told an online forum hat efforts to counter persecution were now required because the entire fabric of human rights was at stake – even in the West – if religious freedom continued to be attacked.

He made his remarks on the first anniversary of the “Truro report,” the publication of which led to a commitment by the British Government to address the global persecution of Christians specifically.

“I think that the Truro report was very timely,” he said. “It was a bit of a wake-up call.

“Speaking to some extent on behalf of the Catholic Church and the Holy See, I think in some ways perhaps we became too complacent in front of persecution, too used to it being a phenomenon in our community story, and thought therefore perhaps it was something you had to live with, something that we can’t do anything about. I think the Truro report was a very significant effort to do something about that,” he said.

“I think also we all know the denial of religious freedom is the beginning of the denial and erosion of so many other human rights; it is almost the litmus test of human rights.”

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Vatican foreign minister: Religious freedom must be protected (By Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

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