freedom of assembly

As society is natural to man, the general right to meet for mutual helpfulness is natural, but this general right would not necessarily cover specific instances. The right of free assembly to discuss political and social problems is guaranteed by the federal constitution of the United States. This right is not inherent, any more than the right to vote is inherent. Even under the democratic form of government this right is sometimes limited where it is thought that the assembly would endanger public peace. Under a more autocratic government, assembly for political purposes might be prohibited almost entirely. Catholic doctrine or philosophy does not presume to limit legitimate government to anyone form. Nevertheless, experience would seem to advise the granting of great freedom of assembly as in the long run making for peace and stability.

New Catholic Dictionary

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