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"The Fortnight exists to remind us what an exceptional gift we have in our nation's guarantees of religious liberty. But those guarantees are only as strong as our zeal in insisting on them; and in our determination to fight hard for them in our legislatures and courts."

– Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Capuchin, Archdiocese of Philadelphia 

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Religious Liberty

 

Pope FrancisPope Francis has observed that "religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life." Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to "an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture." Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.

Latest News!

USCCB Chairmen Respond to New Department of Labor Regulations
December 5, 2014, USCCB News Release

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress to Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act In Funding Legislation
November 18, 2014, USCCB News Release | Q & A

The Feast of Christ the King, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
November 16, 2014, The Catholic Moment, Diocese of Lafayette, IN

Freedom to Bear Witness
November 15, 2014, Archbishop William E. Lori, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

US Bishops Renew Commitment to Fighting Threats to Religious Liberty
November 11, 2014, Life Site News

NEW Bulletin Insert! On November 23, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Learn more about the origin of the feast and its connection to religious liberty.

Catholics must be heard in Public Square, says German Cardinal
November 6, 2014, Catholic News Service

Pope to Albania's faith leaders: Religion is Source of Peace
September 23, 2014, Vatican Radio

Catholic Officials warn D.C. Council Bill threatens Religious Freedom
September 12, 2014, Catholic Standard, Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

A Tale of Two Churches
September 7, 2014, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Cardinal's Column

Faith Communities Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Letter to Congress
June 30, 2014

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB, Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Rabbi Leonard Matanky, President, The Rabbinical Council of America, and other prominent religious leaders join together in a letter to protect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Signed Letter    |  New York Post op-ed


USCCB President, Diverse Religious Leaders Come Together To Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act

July 1, 2014, USCCB News Release
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