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True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2362 KB
  • Print Length: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Image (June 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086N7AHY
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This very concise ebook packs a powerful message on the importance of protecting and preserving human dignity and religious liberty. It's astonishing how much is packed into these short pages. Cardinal Dolan has done an excellent job championing the church as a joyful and vibrant alternative to the "culture of death" that has taken root in some secular circles. Summing everything up in a strong call to action, Dolan says: "Churches and people of faith - not exclusively Catholics and their bishops, although I would hope that we play a leading role - understand the inherent dignity of the human person and serve as a safeguard against attacks on that dignity,". Highly recommended.
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It's easy to take religious freedom for granted. It's enshrined in our Constitution and praised by the Church, and most of us have grown up without questioning it. However when this liberty is threatened, when it's not respected as a fundamental right, we're forced to pull back and ask a basic question: why do people deserve religious liberty?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York gives his answer in a new eBook released today. True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty (Image Books, 37 pages, eBook) shows how respect for human dignity--the dignity of all humans, regardless of their beliefs--undergirds the right to religious liberty. Quoting Pope Leo XIII, he begins by saying:

"True freedom... is that freedom which most truly safeguards the dignity of the human person. It is stronger than any violence or injustice. Such is the freedom which has always been desired by the Church, and which she holds most dear."

Dolan spends most of the book linking religious freedom with dignity. He uses several pages to reflect on Pope John Paul II's magnificent encyclical, The Gospel of Life: Evangelium Vitae, which holds the natural moral law and intrinsic dignity as the twin pillars of the culture of life.
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This ebook actually has two parts; first the very fine essay by Cardinal Dolan - actually better then I expected. The Cardinal beautifully ties together the thoughts of Blessed John Paul, and Pope Benedict on the culture of life and the present-day threats to life. His use of quotes from Pope Benedict is especially effective. This essay takes only 20 minutes to read. Well worth the 99 cents to have "True Freedom" on the kindle app on your smart phone!

The second part, which they don't tell you is part of the deal, is an excerpt from NCR's John Allen's book "A People of Hope" a conversation between Allen and then Archbishop Dolan which was published in November, 2011. The book has very good reviews on amazon, but I found the excerpt to be a bit cloying and over the top - a sugar-coated view of Dolan. It takes about 25 minutes to read.

If you are interested in a very cogent and succinct defense of natural law and Church teaching vs. our secular, consumerist culture then you can't do better then this ebook. I'm giving four stars because I just found the Allen excerpts a bit off-putting and unnecessary.
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As a practicing Catholic, I thoroughly enjoyed Cardinal Dolan's writings, thoughts, and real-world vocabulary. True Freedom was easy to read and a call, for me, to better protect all of our freedoms and to better appreciate every single day of my life! From the very first page this book had me thinking, smiling, and thanking God for the blessings He's given me. I highly recommend every single page! I hope Cardinal Dolan continues to write and enlighten us all. God Bless you.
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Cardinal Dolan is an inspiration and true leader for the Catholic faithful, and, indeed, for any God fearing, Christian or non-Christian. He speaks the truth with fervent zeal. I recommend this book to anyone who values freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
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Let me say that without human dignity and religious liberty there can be no freedoms. Pope Leo XIII said it best when he said, "True Freedom... is that freedom which most truly safeguards the dignity of the human person. It is stronger than any violence or injustice. Such is the freedom which has always been desired by the [Catholic] Church and which she holds most dear. The last century more people were slaughtered because of the lack of true freedom. We are talking millions and millions of people. Today the slaughter continues by the killing of the unborn through abortion on demand. When an unborn child is killed... the heart is stopped. This is not freedom! There can be no peace or happiness or even serenity without true peace. God demonstrated through his unconditional love for each one of us by sending his only son to be crucified on the cross. So as it is written: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life. ----- John 3:16--- This is true Freedom. The freedom of the spirit and soul in each one of us to live life without fear! This true freedom can only be obtained with religious liberty. Our Founding Fathers knew this and included God in all their undertakings with a prayer. Keep in mind that without religious liberty there can be only tyranny! I highly recommend this book by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York. It will give you an insight in why religious liberty, the protection of human dignity and the preserving of life at every stage... is so important! We are not like a disposable wipe! We are more than that because God was there at our conception. The world is passing. We are on a journey here our ultimate destination is heaven to be with God for all eternity. Life is too short. So pray hard for eternity is not!
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