In light of the coninuing debate about religious liberty, we offer here an archive of articles by the premiere theologian of the subject: John Courtney Murray, S.J. Murray wrote extensively on what the church could learn from the U.S. commitment to religious liberty. At times, his writings reflected "a faith in American exceptionalism and goodness so prevalent in the United States after World War II" (Am., 2/7/2005). Murray served as an associate editor at America and later as peritus at the Second Vatican Council.
For additional articles by Fr. Murray, visit this collection at the Woodstock Theological Center, compiled by Leon Hooper, S.J.
"How Liberal is Liberalism?"(pdf), April 6, 1946
"Separation of Church and State"(pdf), December 7, 1946
"The Church and the Council," October 19, 1963
"On Religious Liberty," November 30, 1963
"The Declaration on Religious Liberty: Its Deeper Significance"(pdf), April 23, 1966
"Freedom, Authority, Community"(pdf), December 3, 1966