This was Benedict’s second major discourse to US bishops who are making their ad limina apostolorum visits this year. In his address Pope Benedict speaks about “freedom of religion” and “the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres”.
I am going to read the full text of this important and jammed packed, memorable address. I think every Catholic in the United States will benefit from this, even though it is really directed to bihops. The Pope is talking about you.
I will then return to a few points Benedict made in the speech, including “human right” and “civil rights”, and the shift of language used (by the Obama Administration for example, from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship”, and then about mystery, transcendence, and the need for a true renewal of our Catholic identity through a renewal of our liturgical worship.