October 6, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
The American Jesuit theologian John Courtney Murray was the only expert from this side of the Atlantic to have a significant impact at the Second Vatican Council. Murray made a major contribution to the drafting of the Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae), although not as major as some observers would have it. In the early 1950s, Murray made a name for himself by arguing that the American system of Church-state relations was the most desirable form. This did not go down well at the Vatican where the U.S. system of toleration of religious difference was seen as a necessary, but unsatisfactory, compromise.