The public sphere is then "only neutral in appearance, while civil liberty is objectively discriminatory."
The document also notes that civic culture is then brought "to self describe its humanism by removing the religious component of human being," in the end "removing decisive parts of their history."
Within this system, many find "justified" to get to a "desperate fanatism," either atheistic or theocratic, with "violent and totalitarian forms of political ideology and religious militancy that seemed to be history now."
The hidden reference is to many phenomena: from the uprise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State to the terrorist attacks all over Europe, until the attacks to churches in France (according to the Observatory for Christianophobia, last February was the last month).
In the end, people are not returning to religious, because, the International Theological Commission notes, the return to religion is often detached by "the authentic tradition and the cultural development of the great historical religions."
The document mostly targets the secular environment. It asks that culture "overcome the prejudice of a purely emotional or ideological view of religion," and at the same time it commits religions to "elaborate their views in a language humanistically understandable."
The document also stressed that "every attempt of exploiting the political power must be repudiated," and that "evangelization is aimed today at its positive evaluation in the context of religious and civil freedom of conscience."
The document also notes that "defending the inalienable rights of every individual is a reaction against the traumatic expression of totalitarianism," defends the right to the objection of conscience, underscores that family is marginalized though they are the first factor for the evangelization.
In the end, the International Theological Commission reiterates that the Catholic church "is not a private entity competing to affirm its privileges," though it participates in the public life, without being identified as a mere opinion group."
The International Theological Commission stresses that religious liberty is a two-way path, and so "everyone has the right to religious freedom is necessarily linked with the acknowledge of the same right."
The document finally underscores that the missionariety of the Church follows "the rationale of the gift, i.e., of grace and liberty, and not that of contract and impositions." The Church's mission, in the end, cannot be confused with "the domination of people of the world and the government of the earthly city" and considers an evil temptation "the claim of reciprocal exploitation of political power and evangelical mission instead."
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In the end, the document concludes, there is no a reason to choose another way of testimony, nor there is any "reasonable argument that compels the State to exclude religious freedom from participating to the reflections on and promotion of the common good."
The document, in the end, fills a void left with Abu Dhabi declaration. After Benedict XVI's Regensburg lecture, it can be considered one of the most potent accusations to the secular society.
In the end, Benedict XVI spoke about a dictatorship of relativism, while now the document stresses a soft "totalitarianism" of the secular State.
This totalitarianism is, in fact, a "unilateralism," that excludes any idea of a different kind.
It is no surprise, in the end, that Pope Francis praised multilateral diplomacy in his traditional new year's speech to the corps of diplomats.