as a monolithic structure is disappearing. Once the man who
differed with the party line stole quietly away. Now he refuses
to abandon his communion with God. From a timid rebellion has
grown a courageous confrontation. This is not merely the roar of
angry young men. It is the fruit of a tortuous, a studious
examination of the foundations of faith. Faith has passed from
the passive and complete acceptance of a body of truth to the honest
search of commitment.
The declaration of this Vatican Council on the right of man to religious freedom has its foundation in the dignity of the person, whose exigencies have come to be more fully known to human reason through the centuries of experience. . . . It is one of the major tenets of Catholic doctrine that man’s response to God in faith must be free…!