One of Catholicism’s Most Astute Thinkers Looks at Religious Freedom in New and Provocative Ways
“For anyone concerned with religion and the common good, Let’s Not Forget God by Cardinal Angelo Scola is a must-read” said John L. Allen, Jr., associate editor of The Boston Globe and author of The Global War on Christians.
On the heels of the Harvard “black mass” controversy and in a political climate where the issue of religious freedom is a constant topic of conversation, one of Catholicism’s most influential leaders is weighing in with a new book that was inspired by a centuries-old speech.
In Let’s Not Forget God (Image, June 3, 2014), Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan and the person many people thought was going to become Pope after Pope Benedict XVI resigned, reflects on the continued importance of religious freedom and how it has affected all aspects of common life, from religion to politics and economics.
Born out of a speech celebrating the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, Let’s Not Forget God demonstrates how these centuries-old debates have contributed to the development of Western societies from the Roman Empire in 313 to the American Revolution in 1776.
“Simply reviewing the major events of the seventeen centuries between the Edict of Milan and the present day should allow one to grasp the grave contradictions connected to the practice, and even to the conception, of religious freedom,” Scola writes.
In Let’s Not Forget God, Scola relates theology to everyday life, giving attention to how religious freedom has affected the development of democracy in Western societies and specifically addresses the historical view of religious freedom in the United States in light of the contemporary case of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate.
“In the project of elaborating a new vision of religious freedom, Americans will be interested to know, Scola believes our legal and philosophical tradition is better positioned to lead the way than Europe’s,” notes Allen in the forward to Let’s Not Forget God.
“Scola continues to be among the most interesting and influential churchmen on the global stage,” writes Allen. “What this short book offers, therefore, is insight into how a true Catholic heavyweight approaches the Church’s most consequential political concern today, which is religious freedom.”
The publication of Let’s Not Forget God is particularly relevant in light of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) upcoming Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve which will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014.
At the urging of the US bishops, the Fortnight for Freedom calls on American Catholics to take part in two weeks of prayer, education and action for religious freedom. According to the USCCB, the theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.
To learn more about Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve visit www.fortnight4freedom.org
To request a review copy of Let’s Not Forget God, contact Katie Moore, publicist, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 719-268-1936.