The secularity of the institutions is a recurring theme that nowadays needs to be read in the light of the variety of cultures and plurality of faiths characterizing our society and that is linked to the way diversity is governed with specific reference to the so-called «public space». Our Constitution basically refers to the freedom of conscience, of thought, of religion that are to be exerted on a personal, social and institutional level: the secularity of the institutions emerges from this picture as a «guarantee of the State in order to safeguard the freedom of religion in a situation of confessional and cultural pluralism» and represents one of the «supreme principles» of our constitutional system. This line is confirmed by the regulations developed by the European Community, that convey an idea of secularity of the institutions which is open and inclusive, aimed at guaranteeing everybody – both people and religious confessions – the possibility of living and manifesting their religious beliefs in respect of the common good.

(Author: Giuseppe Gervasio)

Summary ed.29 (I/2011)

(Author: Giuseppe Gervasio)