Seminary/School of Divinity


Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.)

Type of Paper/Work



Bernard Brady

Second Advisor

Massimo Faggioli

Third Advisor

John Martens


This thesis looks at the perspectives of John Courtney Murray and John Paul II on the right to religious liberty particularly through their interpretations of the Second Vatican Council document “Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) (1965).” By analyzing both Murray’s and John Paul II’s ecclesiologies, notion of the relationship between of freedom and truth, and church and state, the author explores whether or not the two thinkers interpretations of the right to religious liberty is differs fundamentally. In the end, the author concludes that too many ambiguities exist to make this claim.


The section “John Paul II on Religious Liberty and the Relationship between Truth and Freedom” was delivered at Gaudium et Spes conference at the University of St. Thomas in March 2015.

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