Is religious freedom threatened in Europe?
Europe is not the first place most people think of when they hear talk about threats to religious liberty. But Church leaders there have recently been cautioning about trends in that direction.
The latest warning came from Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, president of the Brussels-based Commission of EU Bishops Conferences, COMECE.
In a January 22 statement, Cardinal Hollerich voiced concerns about a draft law soon to be discussed in Denmark, aimed at reducing the threat of Islamist terrorism. The law would require sermons and homilies to be provided in the national language, but Hollerich said it could impose undue hindrance on the fundamental right to freedom of religion.