Universal Rights in a World of Diversity - The Case of Religious Freedom

Seventeenth Plenary Session, 29 April-3 May 2011
Acta 17, eds M.A. Glendon and H. Zacher
Vatican City, 2012
pp. 700
ISBN 978-88-86726-28-3


I. Religious Freedom: Its Evolution, Justifications, Foundations

La liberté religieuse. Théologie et doctrine sociale

Archbishop Roland Minnerath | PASS Academician

Political Pluralism and Religious Liberty: The Teaching of Dignitatis Humanae

F. Russell Hittinger | PASS Academician

Religionsfreiheit und Gemeinwohl

Otfried Höffe

II. Signs of the Times

Modernity: Religious Trends

Nicos Mouzelis

The Demography of Religions and their Changing Distribution in the World

Wolfgang Lutz and Vegard Skirbekk

Religious Freedom in the World Today: Paradox and Promise

Allen D. Hertzke

Difficile liberté religieuse

Jean Greisch

III. Experiences

Religion and Politics in China

Hsin-chi Kuan | PASS Academician

Experiences in Freedom of Religion in the African Context

Abdullahi A. An-Na’im

How Christians and Other Native Minorities are Faring in the Unfolding Arab Turmoil of 2011

Habib C. Malik

What can be Learned from the Indian Experience? Can there be a Legitimate Pluralism in Modes of Protecting Religious Freedom?

Ruma Pal

What Can Be Learned from the Experience Of Religious Freedom In Latin America?

Pedro Morandé | PASS Academician

What can be Learned from the Experiences of Various Societies in Dealing with their Principal Trouble Spots?

Iain T. Benson

Religionsfreiheit in Deutschland – alte und neue Fragen

Hans Maier

La liberté religieuse et le principe de laïcité en France

Michel Fromont

Freedom of Religion in Italy. Problems and Challenges

Rocco Buttiglione | PASS Academician

Freedom of Religion in the European Convention on Human Rights Under the Influence of Different European Traditions

Javier Martínez-Torrón

Religious Freedom in a Worldwide Setting: Comparative Reflections

W. Cole Durham, Jr

IV. Religious Freedom, Civil Society and the State

Law as a Precondition for Religious Freedom

Christoph Engel

What Is or Should Be the Role of Religiously Informed Moral Viewpoints in Public Discourse (Especially Where Hotly Contested Issues Are Concerned)?

Vittorio Possenti | PASS Academician

The Challenges of ‘New Rights’ and Militant Secularism

Marta Cartabia

Fundamentalist and Other Obstacles to Religious Toleration

Malise Ruthven

What Can the Social Sciences Teach Us About the Relationships Between Cultural Identity, Religious Identity, and Religious Freedom?

Roberto Cipriani

Quale ruolo dell’educazione nella promozione della libertà religiosa?

Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès

The New Revolution in Communications

Mariano Grondona

V. Religious Freedom in the Globalized World

How can a Universal Right to Freedom of Religion be Understood in the Light of Manifest Differences Among Religions, Cultures, Nations, Schools of Interpretation, Formulations of Rights, and Modes of Implementing Them?

Hans F. Zacher | PASS Academician

Kant on Politics, Religion, and Secularism

Marcello Pera

State and Nation; Church, Mosque and Synagogue – On Religious Freedom and Religious Symbols in Public Places

Joseph H.H. Weiler

The Protection of Freedom of Religion Within the Institutional System of the United Nations

Christian Walter

La diplomazia pontificia e la libertà religiosa

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Concordats as Instruments for Implementing Freedom of Religion

Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli | PASS Academician

Ecumenism and Freedom of Religion

Cardinal Kurt Koch

Poland: The Case of Religious Freedom

Hanna Suchocka | PASS Academician

Closing Observations

Religious Freedom in the 21st Century. Old Biases, Fresh Challenges, New Frontiers

Mary Ann Glendon | PASS President