Comments on: Benedict is a liberal, according to traditionalist bishop Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: David Green Thu, 05 Jun 2008 15:18:01 +0000 if ++Benedict is a Liberal, then I must be straight with 23 children, that I don’t even know about!! Oh and Mormon too.

Though I’m Gay and an Episcopalian.

Wonder how that works???

By: A Monette Wed, 04 Jun 2008 23:50:25 +0000 This doesn’t surprise me ;

The SSPX, which is more than just traditional, is basically opposed to the very notion of religious freedom. It criticizes the conciliar constitution Dignitiatis Humanae.

Before Vatican II, it is true, the Church was against religious freedom. It’s idea was that Catholics should be given as much room as possible when they are the majority. That’s why you had countries and areas such as Spain, Portugal, Quebec and Bavaria which where totally committed to Roman Catholicism.

The notion of religious freedom was basically introduced in the United States. It’s not totally inacurrate to claim that the Founding Fathers were inspired by the Enlightenment philosophy, and that many of the were masonic.

In the US, for a very long time, you had Tolerance for all the Protestant sects, such as Methodists, Baptists, Calvinists, Episcopals, etc, but intolerance for orther Christians such as Catholics and Orthodox, as well as for orther religions, beliefs and non-beliefs. It’s part of American culture which is largely in depth to the Reformation principles.