European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

Strasbourg, France, Jun 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern.

“If government can dictate who teaches a particular religion, then government can dictate what the content of that religion is,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the U.S.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said June 12.

Rassbach, an expert consultant with third parties who intervened in the case, said the human rights court’s Grand Chamber recognized that churches “must be able to require their teachers to show loyalty to church beliefs” in order to be “truly autonomous.”

Interesting article. 23% is a large jump. Good news for the faith in Europe.

Does anybody know if there was a jump in German mass attendance with Benedict XVI ?

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