No man has a right to choose his religion.” (New York Freeman, official journal of Bishop Hughes, Jan 26, 1852)
“The Church…does not, and cannot accept, or in any degree favor, liberty in the Protestant sense of liberty.” (Catholic World, April 1870)
“Protestantism has not, and never can have, any right where Catholicity has triumphed.” (Catholic Review, June 1875)
“Religious liberty is merely endured until the opposite can be carried into effect without peril to the Catholic Church.” (Rt. Rev. O’Connor, Bishop of Pittsburgh.)
“It no longer can be said today that the U.S. is a Protestant country.” –Cardinal Strich of Chicago, quoted in Time Magazine, Aug. 5, 1955 ”
“It is error to believe that Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.” Pope Pius IX, The Syllabus (of Errors), Issued in 1864, Section III, Indifferentism, Latitudinarianism, #15.
“It is error to believe that hence it has been wisely decided by law, in some Catholic countries, that persons coming to reside therein shall enjoy the public exercise of their own peculiar worship.” Pope Pius IX, The Syllabus (of Errors), Issued in 1864, Section X, Errors Having Reference to Modern Liberalism, #78.
“It is error to believe that Moreover, it is false that the civil liberty of every form of worship, and the full power, given to all, of overtly and publicly manifesting any opinions whatsoever and thoughts, conduce more easily to corrupt the morals and minds of the people, and to propagate the pest of indifferentism.” Pope Pius IX, The Syllabus (of Errors), Issued in 1864, Section X, Errors Having Reference to Modern LiberalismI, #79.
“This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it….a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
“Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice.” Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism), Encyclical promulgated on August 15, 1832, #14 & 15.