Religion: The Right to Tolerance

"There's no question of innovation, but only of clarification," protested black-haired Jesuit Father Antonio Messineo in Rome last week. Those who regarded his article in the Jesuit fortnightly Civiltâ Cattolica as something new in Roman Catholic thought, he said, were wrong. Father Messineo's conclusion had been that "tolerance is a duty of both individuals and states towards those who have accepted error and profess error." This tolerance, reasoned Messineo, rises out of the respect due to the human person and to his God-given right of exercising his reason and working out his own...

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