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Bishop Highlights Link Between Religious Liberty and Natural Law

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Adelaide Mena - Catholic News Agency - published on 08/28/13 - updated on 06/07/17

Bishop Morlino said that Catholics must be better advocates for the natural law and for a proper understanding of conscience, in order to promote respect for what the Church teaches.

He noted that many Catholics “profess with their actions that Christ is divided from the Church,” while claiming to be “witnesses to the fact that Christ is one with the Church.”

“People cannot live out internal contradictions indefinitely,” he warned, noting that persons in such a situation will eventually be in the position of affirming either the faith they profess or the secular norms they live.

He urged all people who care about religious liberty and freedom to “write letters to the editors” and to speak out in defense of the natural law.

“We Catholics need to stop keeping our mouths shut,” Bishop Morlino said, reflecting that Catholics should promote the natural law and a right understanding of knowledge “not because they are Catholic, but because they are true.”

“If Catholics continue to sit around and do nothing, we do a terrible disservice to society.”

Originally published by Catholic News Agency on 28 August 2013.

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