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Francis, Conscientious Objection and Stralimitate

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | September 28, 2015

No. 1,222

Summary: Pope Francis stated that conscientious objection is a right which must enter into every judicial structure. 

Image: cbc.ca

Image: cbc.ca

On the plane after leaving the United States, Pope Francis conducted an hour-long press conference which ranged upon many topics. That is amazing in itself, since most of us would be ready to dive into bed after such a grueling week and stay there until the plane landed in Rome.

Here is what he said about conscientious objection, as reported by Time:

“If a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right. … Conscientious objection must enter into every judicial structure … Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying ‘this right that has merit, this one does not.'”

He also used a word, which Time described as a “mash-up of Spanish and Italian.” He described New York City’s unlimited exuberance as “stralimitate.”

A perfect description of the energy and enthusiasm that Pope Francis demonstrated on his journey to Cuba and the United States: stralimitate.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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