Pope John Paul II Releases First Encyclical, Appeals to Universal Human Rights

Pope John Paul II Releases First Encyclical, Appeals to Universal Human Rights

Pope John Paul II
Source: James G. Howes

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Pope John Paul II releases his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis (The Redeemer of Man), which appeals for universal human rights - especially in his native Poland which is under communist dictatorship.

At the same time, though, the pope insists that "true freedom" can only be found in Catholicism:

"Today also, even after two thousand years, we see Christ as the one who brings man freedom based on truth, frees man from what curtails, diminishes and as it were breaks off this freedom at its root, in man's soul, his heart and his conscience.

What a stupendous confirmation of this has been given and is still being given by those who, thanks to Christ and in Christ, have reached true freedom and have manifested it even in situations of external constraint!"

This is, unfortunately, a recipe for imposing Catholicism on others in the name of giving them "true freedom," something superior to the "freedom" they might have to choose to not be Catholic.

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