I noted yesterday that the papal nuncio had cited–not approvingly, I hasten to add–a post from DotCommonweal that addressed the issue of religious freedom as well as the relationship between the bishops and the laity with respect to matters of public policy.
It occurred to me later that the Archbishop Viganò might benefit from reading other pieces in the magazine that deal with these issues, particularly Commonweal’s symposium from earlier this year that responded to the U.S. bishops’ statement Our First, Most Cherished Liberty. The symposium featured comments from Peter Steinfels, William Galston and Cathleen Kaveny just to name a few.
I was thinking of offering some thoughts on the Archbishop’s address, but I don’t think I can improve on what the panel has already written. So I will refrain.