Sacred and secular Print
By Francis Cardinal George   
Monday, 09 May 2011

While the profane excludes God, the sacred and the secular are both authorized by God, who therefore governs a human race defined by pluralism and institutional diversity. The realm of morality is independent of political decisions but influences them, much as a constitution regulates particular legislation. If religion provides a legitimate ground for officially secular concern about penultimate things, then the secular must provide legitimate ground for religion to address ultimate things on their own terms.

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