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"Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government. Americans should not be forced to give up their freedom when they open a family business, and the church does not disregard its teachings when providing charitable services to the community. For the church, faith, worship and good works constitute an inseparable unity of actions."

– Bishop Ronald Gainer, Diocese of Harrisburg 

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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.

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

Latest News!

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

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

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

August 22, 2014, USCCB News Release

USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act
July 31, 2014, USCCB News Release

USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Executive Order
July 21, 2014, USCCB News Release

Hobby Lobby and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA)
July 17, 2014, USCCB Blogpost by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone

'More Respect for Religious Freedom' Needed After Failed Senate Vote to Curtail It
July 16, 2014, USCCB News Release

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori to Senate: Oppose Misnamed "Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014" (S. 2578)
July 14, 2014  |  S.2578 Backgrounder

Religious Persecution More Widespread than 1700 Years Ago
June 20, 2014, Vatican News, Pope Francis

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