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Religious Freedom
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Religious freedom is the right of man, as a person, to decide freely for or against religion, to express freely his mind on religious matters, for or against, and to confess it openly by worship, propaganda, educational efforts and so on. Religious freedom is therefore a right which belongs not only to individuals but also to religious groups as such in their own way. It is primarily asserted against the State, and represents one of the fundamental rights of man, that is, one of the rights of th…

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Heinz Robert Schiette, “Religious Freedom”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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