First of all, I’m not sure this is the right place to post because this is a question about dogma, but I am curious about the lay reaction.
I saw a headline regarding the death of John Travolta’s son that read something like, “It Didn’t Have to Happen.” The gist of the story is this: Travolta had a 16 y/o son who was severely autistic (diagnoses may vary). Travolta is a Scientologist and doesn"t believe in medical treatments. The son had a severe seizure and died. Some in the popular media have latched onto this story and attacked Travolta for not having his son medically treated. In the process, these reporters have, by inference mostly, trounced upon his religious belief.
My question is twofold: First, is Travolta’s right to freedom of religion absolute, even if it leads to the early death of his child? Second, if it is not absolute, where does that leave us as Catholics? Can we be forced to do things which go against our faith?