Freedom Essay

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CCCC #365 the right to freedom is part of human dignity - The catholic response would be that freedom is found internally, intrinsically. Religion does not prevent freedom but ensures people to follow their conscience CCCC #363 – doing good, what is right, conscience – a moral compass Freedom Secular understanding: to do whatever you want, possessions, wealth. Provide an experience of freedom. Temporal – temporary. Extrinsic – external. Catholic perspective: free will – ability to choose, decisions. Community – social beings: respect dignity. Freedom is INTRINSIC based upon eternal moral codes: Decalogue 10, Beatitudes 12 Conscience – Free Will: moral compass. Ability to make a choice, conscience is a judgment, follow your conscience: must be educated and informed, conscience may be “incorrect”, sanctuary – core – to meet God Principles of Catholic Freedom: freedom to love. Freedom and God: When freedom is used responsibly and to love, humans are able to freely discover the good, the true and the beautiful; to discover God. “So that he might of his own accord seek his Creator” – (Catechism 1730) Freedom and morality: when people use their freedom badly it causes suffering to both individuals and society; leads people away from God the very source and purpose of our freedom. “Freedom implies also the possibility of choosing between good and evil. The choice of evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to the slavery of sin” – (Catechism 363) Freedom and responsibility: freedom makes people responsible for their actions. This requires people to become aware of external and internal pressure which can undermine a person’s freedom. External: social trends, advertising, peer pressure, expectations of others. Internal: strong emotions, temptations, sin, guilty. Freedom and inner peace: overcoming internal and external pressures on a person’s

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