Day #192: Dignitatis Humanae 11

Today we continue on in the Declaration on Religious Freedom.

Building on yesterday’s reading of articles 9 and 10, our passage for today is the grand summation of the Scriptural basis for the notion of religious freedom  – as evidenced by the copious amounts of Scripture references and footnotes.

Basically, Christ desires to “rouse faith in His hearers and to confirm them in faith, not to exert coercion upon them.”  This is how God works.  As the popular idiom of Catholic apologetics goes, God seeks to propose, not impose.  The apostles likewise followed this example.

Here are the Scripture citations:

Mark 16:16

Matt. 12:20

Matt. 22:21

1 Tim. 2:4

Romans 14:12

Acts 4:31

Romans 13:1-5

Acts 5:29

And lots of footnotes today (which are mostly all Scripture citations):

11. Cf. John 13:13.

12. Cf. Matt. 11:29.

13. Cf. Matt. 11:28-30; John 6:67-68.

14. Cf. Matt. 9:28-29; Mark 9:23-24; 6:5-6; Paul VI, encycl. “Ecclesiam Suam“, Aug. 6, 1964: AAS 56 (1964), pp. 642-643.

15. Cf. Matt. 11:20-24; Rom. 12:19-20; 2 Thess. 1:8.

16. Cf. Matt. 13:30 and 40-42.

17. Cf. Matt. 4:8-10; John 6:15.

18. Cf. Is. 42:1-4.

19. Cf. John 18:37.

20. Cf. Matt. 26:51-53; John 18:36.

21. Cf. John 12:32.

22. Cf. 1 Cor. 2:3-5; 1 Thess. 2:3-5.

23. Cf. Rom. 14:1-23; 1 Cor. 8:9-13; 10:23-33.

24. Cf. Eph. 6:19-20.

25. Cf. Rom. 1:16.

26. Cf. 2 Cor. 10:4; 1 Thess. 5:8-9.

27. Cf. Eph. 6:11-17.

28. Cf. 2 Cor. 10:3-5.

29. Cf. 1 Pet. 2:13-17.

30. Cf. Acts 4: 19-20.

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