I'm a little confused by a post by Patrick Brennan at Mirror of Justice. Since Brennan doesn't allow discussion, I'm hoping that someone who agrees with him (or at least understands him) might be able to clarify things here. The root of my confusion comes from Brennan's very distinctive picture of religious liberty:
The Church's much-dicussed "liberty" is not justified on the ground that Catholics have a right to stay inside unmolested by the culture. The Church's right to liberty is grounded in the Church's being Christ's own mystical body continued in the world by divine command. Christ's mystical body is to be present and active in the world in order to correct and transform that world so as to save souls.Does that mean, according to this particular brand of religious thought, that if secular society does not accept the premise that the "Church [is] Christ's own mystical body continued in the world by divine command," then secular society has no grounds on which to grant the church any special freedoms that it denies to other groups?